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Jonah’s Story, Our Challenge: Reading a Biblical Narrative in Today’s Church and World

We are delighted to announce the publication of Karl Möller’s latest book: Jonah’s Story, Our Challenge: Reading a Biblical Narrative in Today’s Church and World (London: SCM Press, 2023).

Jonah’s Story, Our Challenge introduces readers to the most inspiring readings of the book of Jonah from a range of angles, including historical, literary, and psychological ones. It specifically facilitates engagement with contextual, liberationist, and postcolonial readings that afford us fresh and often challenging perspectives from around the world. And it embraces ecological interpretation and its insights about Jonah, thus seeking to encourage ecological reading of the Bible more generally. The book is designed to let different and at times contradictory readings stand alongside each other, thus allowing for multiple voices to be heard. Questions interspersed throughout the text encourage further reflection and discussion of the range of interpretations showcased here, while seeking to tease out their implications for our engagement with the biblical text.

This is an extraordinarily wide-ranging study of many possible ways of reading the book of Jonah, based on close knowledge of all the major types of biblical interpretation in use today – from now traditional ‘historical-critical’ approaches all the way to postcolonial and ecological readings. In the process, Karl Möller introduces the reader into the current scene in biblical studies in an attractive and approachable way. An ideal book for anyone beginning to study the Bible, but with much to teach even experienced readers who may be bewildered by the variety of methods now encountered, and who need a re-orientation. Jonah turns out to be an ideal text to try out various methods. Highly recommended!

John Barton, Emeritus Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford

This thoughtful and far-reaching book emphasises the inherent plasticity of the book of Jonah and reveals its interpretative richness and diversity. Möller challenges us to re-evaluate our own preconceived ideas of what the book of Jonah is all about and guides us towards a fuller appreciation of the multiple and often mutually contradictory interpretations of the book.

Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, Örebro School of Theology, Sweden


  • Jonah’s Readers: Perspectives on Interpretation
  • Jonah’s World: Historical and Social Science Perspectives
  • Jonah’s Art and Reception: The Poetics of a Biblical Narrative
  • Jonah’s Challenge: Contextual, Liberationist and Postcolonial Interpretation
  • Jonah’s Depths: Psychological Biblical Criticism
  • Jonah’s ‘Otherkind’: Ecological Readings

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Like There’s No Tomorrow: Climate Crisis, Eco-Anxiety and God

We are delighted to announce the publication of Frances Ward’s latest book: Like There’s No Tomorrow: Climate Crisis, Eco-Anxiety and God (Sacristy Press, 2020).

From the blurb:

Christians often don’t know how to respond to the climate crisis and messages of possible destruction caused by human activity.

Frances Ward offers a thoughtful and engaging reflection on
how Christians can live and act in a spirit of hope amidst messages of impending doom.

We are a people on the verge of extinction. Progress is never made by contented people, nor will the necessary ruptures needed to stop our damaging behaviours ever be made convincing by them. However, Frances Ward’s discontent understands the deep connections between the inner and outer landscapes. She scrutinizes both on a journey, with a restless attention, and writes this journal of soul and world in a poetic voice. The result is a holy and subversive protest for creation and for God.

Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge
The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward

For further information, including on how to obtain your copy, please see the promotional flyer.