Warring States Project
The Project's publication program makes its research results readily available to specialists, teachers, students, and the general reading public. The program comprises two book series and a journal on the Sinological side; one book series and a journal on the New Testament side; and some contributions to methodology as such. In all our publications, we aim to let the texts speak for themselves, free of national or confessional commitments, to tell their own story of how they, and the traditions which they represent, came to be.
Distribution of Project publications worldwide is through the University Press of New England, to which all orders placed from these pages are automatically referred. Not all projected books are shown here. An order or preorder link is given for books currently available or in final production; other dates are our best current estimate. Click on any cover image to see the information page for that book. For further information about any Project publication, whether present or future, viewers are welcome to inquire via the link at the bottom of this page.
China's classical period is represented by about three dozen texts, many of which are incorrectly dated or otherwise misunderstood. Modern research has clarified many of these puzzles, and permitted the development of ideas and institutions to be more clearly seen than ever before. The teachings of Confucius and other major thinkers were formative for early China, and are still cogent for modern China. These publications seek to bring this important part of the world heritage to the attention of a truly world readership.
This series includes an overview and orientation volume, The Emergence of China, plus single volumes giving a more detailed look at the period as seen from the vantage point of one of its major schools of thought. These books are listed here in intended order of publication.
Classical China itself regarded these supposedly archaic texts as authoritative for the culture. This series gives a closer look at the most important of them (the Shr, Shu, Yi, and Chun/Chyou or Spring and Autumn), plus the first of the Imperial histories, the Shr Ji, which has come to have the status of a classic itself. Most of the books in this series will appear after the Ancient China in Context series is substantially complete, and only the first title, Spring and Autumn, is thus included here.
In this annual journal, specialists and other interested persons may follow the ongoing research by which the conclusions behind the above books are reached and further developed. Recommended especially for advanced students and for all research libraries.
The Project's researches on Early Christianity mark a fresh approach to long-discussed problems connected with the history of Christian beginnings, and the texts which are its chief witnesses.
Slowly and by stages, Christianity emerged out of Judaism. Its early forms were soon lost beneath later texts and later doctrines, but they are not beyond recovery. Books in this series show that evolution actually happening, either by highlighting the neglected texts that speak to the earliest stages, or by showing how the different layers of the Gospel texts, now stacked on top of each other like so many strata of ancient Troy, reveal the stages in that growth process. The beginning of the century was a time when the chief doctrinal differences which now divide Christians and Jews had not yet arisen' when Christians and Jews were still worshipping at the same synagogues. Many modern Christians may be surprised to learn that their direct, nontheological type of Christianity is actually very close to the beliefs and practices of the earliest Jesus communities.
In this annual journal, specialists and other interested persons Christians in the pews as well as in the pulpits may follow the ongoing research by which the conclusions behind the above books are reached and further developed. Those interested in this topic are also invited to visit the Alpha Christianity section of this web site.
At the heart of text research in all languages is a common basic toolkit. These books provide new additions to the toolkit (such as the precise measurement of stylistic differences) or collect examples of the successful application of traditional tools, in languages including classical Chinese and Biblical Greek, as an aid to future generations.
All Project publications, including its two journals, have the same Editors, plus overlapping Advisors for its Sinological and New Testament publications. Together, these bring an interdisciplinary perspective to bear on what are too often considered to be merely local problems. In this as in everything else, the Project wishes to affirm, and to carry out, its perception that basic methodology is uniform across all the humanistic sciences.
For publications outside the Project's current program, see Other.
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