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Annus Horribilis Book by ,

Annus Horribilis Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Release Date : 2010-12-26
  • Category: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 0752462598

Summary: Everyone remembers the Queen’s ‘Annus Horribilis’, but what do 'quid pro quo' and 'habeas corpus' mean? Why do plants have Latin names? Why do families, towns, countries and even football teams have Latin mottoes? What do the Latin epitaphs in churches say? What are the words of Mozart's 'Requiem'?These are just a few of the topics covered in this book. As Mark Walker makes clear, present-day English is still steeped in its Roman and Latin origins. As a result English still has many thousands of Latin words in everyday use.

The Illustrated First Aid in English Book by Angus MacIver

The Illustrated First Aid in English Book
  • Author : Angus MacIver
  • Publisher : Hodder Education
  • Release Date : 2015-11-23
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN Code: 1471859991

Summary: Used wherever the English Language is spoken or taught and now re-designed and beautifully illustrated to make it bright, appealing, attractive and motivating. This illustrated edition retains the structure and approach of the original bestseller but has been produced to ensure that all the terms and information are up to date and reflect the international readership of the book. It is invaluable in class and as a reference book, both to native English speakers and to students of English as an additional language. - Covers vocabulary, spelling, syntax, idiom and correct usage - Provides background information - Includes a wide-range of exercises to test knowledge and skills The New Illustrated First Aid in English is accompanied by an answer book which gives answers to all the exercises and tests.

A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant - Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Gypsies' Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology - Volume II - L to Z Book by Albert Barrere

A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant - Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Gypsies' Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology - Volume II - L to Z Book
  • Author : Albert Barrere
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2018-03-06
  • Category: Reference
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN Code: 152878362X

Summary: First published in 1897, “A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant” includes definitions for a wide range of contemporary slang-English words, as well as those relating to American, Anglo-Indian slang, pidgin English, “gypsies' jargon”, and other interesting contemporary phraseology. English is a language that has been forever changing, gaining vibrancy and colour from many other languages, countries, cultures and communities. This volume explores some of the influences, providing definitions, examples, etymological information, and more. Highly recommended for all lovers of the English Language. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.

A Dictionary of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Book by John Camden Hotten

A Dictionary of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Book
  • Author : John Camden Hotten
  • Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
  • Release Date : 2018-01-08
  • Category: ,
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN Code:

Summary: Thank you for checking out this book by Theophania Publishing. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you soon. We have thousands of titles available, and we invite you to search for us by name, contact us via our website, or download our most recent catalogues. CANT and SLANG are universal and world-wide. Nearly every nation on the face of the globe, polite and barbarous, may be divided into two portions, the stationary and the wandering, the civilised and the uncivilised, the respectable and the scoundrel, -those who have fixed abodes and avail themselves of the refinements of civilisation, and those who go from place to place picking up a precarious livelihood by petty sales, begging, or theft. This peculiarity is to be observed amongst the heathen tribes of the southern hemisphere, as well as the oldest and most refined countries of Europe. As Mayhew very pertinently remarks, "it would appear, that not only are all races divisible into wanderers and settlers, but that each civilised or settled tribe has generally some wandering horde intermingled with, and in a measure preying upon it." In South Africa, the naked and miserable Hottentots are pestered by the still more abject Sonquas; and it may be some satisfaction for us to know that our old enemies at the Cape, the Kafirs, are troubled with a tribe of rascals called Fingoes, -the former term, we are informed by travellers, signifying beggars, and the latter wanderers and outcasts. In South America, and among the islands of the Pacific, matters are pretty much the same. Sleek and fat rascals, with not much inclination towards honesty, fatten, or rather fasten, like body insects, upon other rascals, who would be equally sleek and fat but for their vagabond dependents. Luckily for respectable persons, however, vagabonds, both at home and abroad, show certain outward peculiarities which distinguish them from the great mass of lawful people off whom they feed and fatten. Personal observation, and a little research into books, enable me to mark these external traits. The wandering races are remarkable for the development of the bones of the face, as the jaws, cheek-bones, &c., high crowned, stubborn-shaped heads, quick restless eyes, and hands nervously itching to be doing; for their love of gambling, -staking their very existence upon a single cast; for sensuality of all kinds; and for their use of a CANT language with which to conceal their designs and plunderings.

Latin for the Illiterati, Second Edition Book by Jon R. Stone

Latin for the Illiterati, Second Edition Book
  • Author : Jon R. Stone
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-04-15
  • Category: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN Code: 1135881006

Summary: This revised and updated edition includes a brand new foreword by Richard LaFleur and more than fifteen hundred new entries and abbreviations. Organized alphabetically within the categories of verba (common words and expressions), dicta (common phrases and familiar sayings), and abbreviations, this practical and helpful reference guide is a comprehensive compendium of more than 7,000 Latin words, expressions, phrases, and sayings taken from the world of art, music, law, philosophy, theology, medicine and the theatre, as well as witty remarks and sage advice from ancient writers such as Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, and more.

The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory Book by Thomas J. Collins,Vivienne J. Rundle

The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory Book
  • Author : Thomas J. Collins,Vivienne J. Rundle
  • Publisher : Broadview Press
  • Release Date : 1999-08-17
  • Category: Poetry
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 1770487824

Summary: The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory is the most comprehensive collection of poetry from the period ever published. Included are generous selections from the work of all major poets, and a representation of the work of virtually every poet of significance, from Thomas Ashe at the beginning of the era to Charlotte Mew at its end. The work of Victorian women poets features very prominently, with extensive selections not only from canonical poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, but also from poets such as Augusta Webster for which high claims have recently been made by critics. The anthology reflects (and will contribute to) the ongoing reassessment of the canon that is central to English Studies today; in all, sixty-six poets are represented. The editors have included complete works wherever feasible—including the complete texts of Tennyson’s In Memoriam and of a number of other long poems. A headnote by the editors introduces the work of each poet, and each selection has been newly annotated. The inclusion of twenty-five selections of the poetic theory from the period is an important feature rounding out the anthology. This anthology is also available in a concise edition.

In a Glass Darkly Book by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

In a Glass Darkly Book
  • Author : J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Publisher : Broadview Press
  • Release Date : 2018-03-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1770486518

Summary: From the predatory same-sex desire in “Carmilla” to the ghostly hallucinations in “Green Tea,” the five supernatural stories in In a Glass Darkly reflect a profound and deeply disturbing uncertainty about the nature of humanity. Originally published separately in magazines, the stories are framed and linked in this collection as case notes in the papers of the fictional Dr. Hesselius. Sheridan Le Fanu’s approach to the supernatural reworks traditional Irish oral storytelling and combines it with nineteenth-century adaptations of the eighteenth-century Gothic novel. Appendices include Le Fanu’s correspondence about the stories, posthumous assessments of his life and work, and twentieth-century critical commentaries by M.R. James and Elizabeth Bowen. Engravings from the original serial publications of several stories are also included.

Dubliners Book by James Joyce

Dubliners Book
  • Author : James Joyce
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-06-12
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 0191631124

Summary: 'I regret to see that my book has turned out un fiasco solenne' James Joyce's disillusion with the publication of Dubliners in 1914 was the result of ten years battling with publishers, resisting their demands to remove swear words, real place names and much else, including two entire stories. Although only 24 when he signed his first publishing contract for the book, Joyce already knew its worth: to alter it in any way would 'retard the course of civilisation in Ireland'. Joyce's aim was to tell the truth - to create a work of art that would reflect life in Ireland at the turn of the last century and by rejecting euphemism, reveal to the Irish the unromantic reality the recognition of which would lead to the spiritual liberation of the country. Each of the fifteen stories offers a glimpse of the lives of ordinary Dubliners - a death, an encounter, an opportunity not taken, a memory rekindled - and collectively they paint a portrait of a nation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Stories in Stone Book by Douglas Keister

Stories in Stone Book
  • Author : Douglas Keister
  • Publisher : Gibbs Smith
  • Release Date : 2004-04-05
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 9781423611004

Summary: Certain symbols abound in modern Western culture that are instantly recognizable: the cross signifies Christianity, the six-pointed Star of David is revered by Jews, the golden arches frequently means it's time for lunch. Other symbols, however, require a bit of decoding-particularly those found in cemeteries. Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. Engravings on tombstones, mausoleums and memorials tell us just about everything there is to know about a person: date of birth and death as well as religion, ethnicity, occupation, community interests, and much more. In the fascinating new book Stories in Stone: The Complete Guide to Cemetery Symbolism by noted author Douglas Keister, the secrets of cemetery symbolism are finally revealed. Did you know that it is quite rare to see a sunflower on a tombstone? Did you know that the human foot symbolizes humility and service since it consistently touches the earth? Or the humble sheaf of wheat-while it is often used to denote someone who has lived a long and fruitful life? Do you know other meanings it might carry? Stories in Stone provides history along with images of a wide variety of common and not-so-common cemetery symbols, and offers an in-depth examination of stone relics and the personal and intimate details they display-flora and fauna, religious icons, society symbols, and final impressions of how the deceased wished to be remembered. Douglas Keister has created a practical field guide that is compact and portable, perfect for those interested in family histories and genealogical research, and is the only book of its kind that unlocks the language of symbols in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner. Douglas Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books (including Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture, The Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Home, and Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties) earning him the title "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to other books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards. Doug lives in Chico, California, and travels frequently to photograph and lecture on historic architecture and photography.

Notre-Dame de Paris Book by Victor Hugo

Notre-Dame de Paris Book
  • Author : Victor Hugo
  • Publisher : Le Livre de Poche
  • Release Date : 2012-06-07
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 733
  • ISBN Code: 2253093890

Summary: Édition enrichie (Introduction, notes et chronologie) Sorti du libre élan mystique, le gothique, comme on l'a dit sans le comprendre, est le genre libre. Je dis libre, et non arbitraire. S'il s'en fût tenu au même type, s'il fût resté assujetti par l'harmonie géométrique, il eût péri de langueur. [...] Comment compter nos belles églises au xiiie siècle ? Je voulais du moins parler de Notre-Dame de Paris. Mais quelqu'un a marqué ce monument d'une telle griffe de lion, que personne désormais ne se hasardera d'y toucher. C'est sa chose désormais, c'est son fief, c'est le majorat de Quasimodo. Il a bâti, à côté de la vieille cathédrale, une cathédrale de poésie, aussi ferme que les fondements de l'autre, aussi haute que ses tours. Si je regardais cette église, ce serait comme livre d'histoire, comme le grand registre des destinées de la monarchie. [...] La grande et lourde église, toute fleurdelysée, appartient à l'histoire plus qu'à la religion. Elle a peu d'élan, peu de ce mouvement d'ascension si frappant dans les églises de Strasbourg et de Cologne. Les bandes longitudinales qui coupent Notre-Dame de Paris arrêtent l'élan ; ce sont plutôt les lignes d'un livre. Cela raconte au lieu de prier. [...] Notre-Dame de Paris est l'église de la monarchie ; Notre-Dame de Reims, celle du sacre. Jules Michelet, Histoire de France, iv, 8, « Eclaircissements : la Passion comme principe d'art au Moyen Age » (1833). Présentation et notes par Jacques Seebacher.

Das Kurzwort im Deutschen Book by ,

Das Kurzwort im Deutschen Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Release Date : 2010-10-15
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 20
  • ISBN Code: 3640724801

Summary: Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2009 im Fachbereich Germanistik - Linguistik, Note: 1,0, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Institut für Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft), Veranstaltung: Formen der Erweiterung des deutschen Wortschatzes, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Unsere heutige Zeit ist durch eine fast unüberschaubare Menge neuer technischer Errungenschaften sowie komplexe wirtschaftliche und soziale Vernetzungen geprägt. Auch unsere Sprache ist von derartigen Entwicklungen beeinflusst und entwickelt sich stetig weiter. Dabei ist jener Teil unseres Wortschatzes, der sich erweitert, proportional größer als der Teil, der natürlicherweise verschwindet. Dabei nehmen Kurzwörter im System der deutschen Wortbildung eine Sonderrolle ein, sind sie doch überaus produktiv und in nahezu in allen Kommunikationsbereichen vorzufinden. Verstärkt begegnen sie uns in der Sprache der Wirtschaft (DAX für Deutscher Aktienindex), der Technik (DSL für Digital Subscriber Line, Digitaler Teilnehmeranschluss), des Sports (DFB für Deutscher Fußball-Bund), der Politik (SPD für Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) und der Werbung (H-Milch für haltbare Milch), aber auch im alltäglichen Sprachgebrauch (Kita für Kindertagesstätte). Diese Arbeit stellt dar, wie Kurzwörter entstanden sind, welche Eigenschaften sie besitzen und weshalb sie überhaupt genutzt werden. Zur genaueren definitorischen Abgrenzung werden auch andere Formen lexikalischer Kürzung behandelt, die allerdings nicht klassischerweise zu den Kurzwörtern zu zählen sind. Aufgrund der Tatsache, dass für den täglichen Umgang mit Kurzwörtern die kommunikative Seite aber weitaus interessanter ist als rein formale und theoretische Aspekte, wird anhand einer überregionalen Tageszeitung eine kurze Untersuchung von Kurzwörtern vorgenommen, in der die Verwendungsweise im allgemeinen Sprachgebrauch charakterisiert wird.

Die Chronik der Kirchengemeinde St. Maria-St. Josef zu Hamburg-Harburg [Band 1 - Teil 1] Book by Ulrich Krieter

Die Chronik der Kirchengemeinde St. Maria-St. Josef zu Hamburg-Harburg [Band 1 - Teil 1] Book
  • Author : Ulrich Krieter
  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Release Date : 2016-12-15
  • Category: Religion
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN Code: 3668363714

Summary: Fachbuch aus dem Jahr 2016 im Fachbereich Theologie - Historische Theologie, Kirchengeschichte, , Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Der hier vorgelegte Teil des ersten Bandes der Chronik der katholischen Kirchengemeinde St. Maria-St. Josef zu Hamburg-Harburg berichtet aus den Jahren 1858 bis 1898. In diesen Jahren wandelt sich „Harburg an der Elbe“ von einem verschlafenen Städtchen des Königreiches Hannover zu einem bedeutenden Hafen und Industriestandort des Deutschen Kaiserreiches. 1858 leben in Harburg nur 161 Katholiken. Bei der Volkszählung des Jahres 1895 geben von 22 342 Personen der Gesamtbevölkerung bereits 3056 Menschen an, sie seien katholisch. Sie haben die Kirchengemeinde St. Maria gegründet, sie besitzen eine staatlich anerkannte eigene Schule und haben schon 1861 eine Kirche gebaut, die das Stadtbild Harburgs bereichert. Dem Text der Chronik sind Anmerkungen und Ergänzungen hinzugefügt. Sie erleichtern und vertiefen das Verständnis der Darstellung.

Diccionario del diablo Book by Ambrose Bierce

Diccionario del diablo Book
  • Author : Ambrose Bierce
  • Publisher : Editorial Verbum
  • Release Date : 2017-09-14
  • Category: ,
  • Pages : 134
  • ISBN Code: 8490745854

Summary: El Diccionario del Diablo (The Devil’s Dictionary en inglés) es una recopilación satírica de 998 definiciones corrosivas escritas de 1881 a 1906 por Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?). Inicialmente fue publicado en fragmentos en diversos periódicos durante más de veinte años. Al finalizar esta labor, en 1911, se recopiló una versión completa. El libro fue conocido desde la Guerra de Secesión de EE.UU. El recurso que caracteriza su escritura, como en general el estilo de Bierce, es la ironía y un sarcasmo que conduce hasta la visión del mundo al revés. Maestro de la síntesis, Bierce encuentra en el Diccionario del Diablo un pretexto para expresarse con sarcasmo, humor negro e ingenio. Este libro puede ser leído como si de una erudita enciclopedia se tratase, con todo tipo de acepciones y entradas de las que el autor se sirve para criticar a la sociedad en general, al ser humano en particular; y ridiculizar los arquetipos, las instituciones y todo lo políticamente correcto.

Vox Pocket Spanish-English Dictionary Book by Vox

Vox Pocket Spanish-English Dictionary Book
  • Author : Vox
  • Publisher : McGraw Hill Professional
  • Release Date : 2010-07-13
  • Category: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 736
  • ISBN Code: 0071820566

Summary: Your on-the-go resource for your Spanish-language studies Vox Spanish-English dictionaries have been the bestselling bilingual dictionary range in North America for more than 20 years. For the first time, this Vox dictionary features two-color headwords for easier navigation. It is rugged enough for longtime use and many tumbles in your backpack. You'll also receive a free subscription to the, which gives you online access to more than 70,000 entries with 240,000 translations; 19,500 idioms; and 41,700 examples of use. Includes28,000 headwords; 65,000 translations; and 6,500 examples of use. A comprehensive reference in a handy portable format. Features both Castillian and Latin American Spanish terms. Irregular verb tables. The ONLY Spanish-English dictionary that comes with a free online subscription!

Rethinking Hell Book by Christopher Date,Gregory Stump,Joshua Anderson

Rethinking Hell Book
  • Author : Christopher Date,Gregory Stump,Joshua Anderson
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2014-04-15
  • Category: Religion
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN Code: 1630871605

Summary: Most evangelical Christians believe that those people who are not saved before they die will be punished in hell forever. But is this what the Bible truly teaches? Do Christians need to rethink their understanding of hell? In the late twentieth century, a growing number of evangelical theologians, biblical scholars, and philosophers began to reject the traditional doctrine of eternal conscious torment in hell in favor of a minority theological perspective called conditional immortality. This view contends that the unsaved are resurrected to face divine judgment, just as Christians have always believed, but due to the fact that immortality is only given to those who are in Christ, the unsaved do not exist forever in hell. Instead, they face the punishment of the "second death"--an end to their conscious existence. This volume brings together excerpts from a variety of well-respected evangelical thinkers, including John Stott, John Wenham, and E. Earl Ellis, as they articulate the biblical, theological, and philosophical arguments for conditionalism. These readings will give thoughtful Christians strong evidence that there are indeed compelling reasons for rethinking hell.

A Book of Ghosts Book by S. Baring-Gould

A Book of Ghosts Book
  • Author : S. Baring-Gould
  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Release Date : 2019-11-22
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 765
  • ISBN Code:

Summary: "A Book of Ghosts" by S. Baring-Gould. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Devil's Dictionary (or The Cynic's Wordbook: Unabridged with all the Definitions) Book by Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary (or The Cynic's Wordbook: Unabridged with all the Definitions) Book
  • Author : Ambrose Bierce
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Release Date : 2013-08-20
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 139
  • ISBN Code: 8074843955

Summary: This carefully crafted ebook: "The Devil's Dictionary (or The Cynic's Wordbook: Unabridged with all the Definitions)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The book is a classic satire in the form of a dictionary on which Bierce worked for decades. It was originally published in 1906 as The Cynic's Word Book before being retitled in 1911. A number of the definitions are accompanied by satiric verses, many of which are signed with comic pseudonyms. It offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language which lampoon cant and political double-talk as well as other aspects of human foolishness and frailty. The definitions provide satirical, witty and often politically pointed representations of the words that is seeks to "define". The Devil's Dictionary has inspired many imitations both in its day and more recently. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842 – 1914?) was an American satirist, critic, poet, editor and journalist. Bierce became a prolific author of short stories often humorous and sometimes bitter or macabre. His dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce".

Rest in Power Book by Sybrina Fulton,Tracy Martin

Rest in Power Book
  • Author : Sybrina Fulton,Tracy Martin
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2017-01-31
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 0812997247

Summary: Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement. “A reminder—not only of Trayvon’s life and death but of the vulnerability of black lives in a country that still needs to be reminded they matter.”—USA Today Now a docuseries on the Paramount Network produced by Shawn Carter Years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade? Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers those questions from the most intimate of sources. The book takes us beyond the news cycle and familiar images to give the account that only his parents can offer: the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and an inspiring journey from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to purpose.

Understanding Prayer for the Dead Book by James B Gould

Understanding Prayer for the Dead Book
  • Author : James B Gould
  • Publisher : ISD LLC
  • Release Date : 2017-08-31
  • Category: Religion
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN Code: 0718845994

Summary: Throughout history, Christians have prayed for the dead - both for continual growth of the faithful and for their advancement from purgatory, and sometimes, even, for the deliverance of the unsaved from hell. Understanding Prayer for the Dead defends all three kinds of prayer. It challenges Protestants, who seldom pray for the dead, to begin doing so - and Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, who pray only for the Christian dead, to include the unsaved as well. James B. Gould addresses the biblical credentials of prayer for the dead and provides a historical overview of such prayers from ancient Christianity to the current practice of the three main branches of the Church. He also discusses the logical assumptions prayer for the dead requires - that prayer is effective, that the dead are conscious, and that the afterlife involves change - and lays out a theological framework for such prayers. Prayer for the departed raises the most basic of theological questions, matters that go to the centre of God's purpose in creating spiritual beings and redeeming sinful humankind. The argument, while revisionary in some respects, is orthodox, ecumenical, and integrative, engaging a range of academic disciplines so as to be biblically accurate, historically informed, and philosophically reasoned.