17 November

Zondervan Academic and University of Aberdeen Launch Scottish Dogmatics Conference

Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. 2021 – Zondervan Academic has announced a partnership with the University of Aberdeen to sponsor a biennial theology conference in Scotland—the Scottish Dogmatics Conference (SDC). The inaugural conference will be held in Aberdeen, Scotland in May/June 2023. Thereafter, the conferences will be held in alternating years with the Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC), which will likewise become a biennial conference.

“In Scotland, and in its ancient universities in particular, there is a long and distinguished history of constructive systematic theology being undertaken in ways that are deeply engaged not only with the church and the wider academy, but also with society in general,” commented Paul T. Nimmo, King’s Chair of Systematic Theology, King’s College, University of Aberdeen and Oliver D. Crisp, Acting Head of the School of Divinity and Professor of Analytic Theology, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews. “It is therefore eminently fitting that this great tradition will be continued and strengthened in the new forum of the Scottish Dogmatics Conference. The biennial SDC will provide a venue for contemporary systematic theology in the Scottish and larger European context, showcasing new constructive work in dogmatics that is deeply engaged with the past in order to resource the theology of the future.”

“It has been my privilege to work with Fred Sanders and Oliver Crisp in organizing the Los Angeles Theology Conference. The LATC has not only been a catalyst for expanding the theological horizons and impact of Zondervan Academic, but also a source of great personal delight,” said Katya Covrett, Associate Publisher, Zondervan Academic. “The conference quickly became a go-to event for many a theologian from far beyond Southern California, to across the US, and across the Atlantic. On my visits to the UK, it was a rare conversation with theologians there that did not express a desire for a conference such as LATC on their side of the Big Pond. Naturally, when an opportunity arose to work towards a similar event in Scotland, we at Zondervan Academic were thrilled to pursue it. After nearly two years of careful planning, we are delighted to be the publishing partner of the SDC. We look forward to seeing the constructive theological contribution of the SDC to the academy and the church for years to come.”

The SDC is being organized by Nimmo, Crisp, and Covrett. Zondervan Academic will also publish SDC proceedings under the editorship of Nimmo and Crisp.

For the past nine years, Zondervan Academic has sponsored the Los Angeles Theology Conference focusing on constructive dogmatics and covering the themes of Christology, Trinity, the atonement, Scripture, the task of dogmatics, theological anthropology, divine action and providence, and the Holy Spirit.

The next LATC on the doctrine of the church will be held at Biola University on March 17-18, 2022. It will continue to be convened by Sanders (Biola), Crisp, and Covrett.

About the Los Angeles Theology Conference

The Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC) is an annual international conference concerned with the discussion and explication of Christian doctrine. It is a self-consciously ecumenical endeavor that seeks to resource contemporary systematic theology through high-quality published outputs associated with the conference themes.

Zondervan

Zondervan, a worldwide leading Christian publisher of books and Bibles, is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. Its publications include a variety of Bible translations for all ages; books in different genres and subject areas for the general reader; curriculum for individual and group Bible study; books for children and young adults; academic resources including textbooks and reference books; ministry resources; and books on faith and culture. Zondervan is located in Grand Rapids, MI. For more information, visit www.zondervan.com.

06 November

Matt Estel promoted to senior editor for Zondervan Academic and Zondervan Reflective

Grand Rapids, Mich. (November 6, 2020)– Zondervan today announced Matt Estel’s promotion to senior editor for Zondervan Academic and Zondervan Reflective, both nonfiction imprints for Zondervan.

Estel joined Zondervan in January 2017 as a production editor, focusing on books in biblical and theological studies, including the award winning two-volume Justification by Michael Horton; Jemar Tisby’s New York Times best-seller, The Color of Compromise; and Tisby’s forthcoming How to Fight Racism (on sale January 2021). He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and in May 2019 completed his PhD in systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary.

As senior editor, Matt will continue to work in production editing, while also acquiring and shaping new projects related to theology, the branches of philosophy of religion, and church history.

“Matt is a versatile, productive, accurate, and knowledgeable editor,” commented Stan Gundry, senior v-p, publisher, and Zondervan editor-in-chief. “He improves the manuscripts he edits while preserving the author’s voice, and he has a sharp eye for spotting potential problems related to biblical interpretation and theological nuances. I look forward to great things from Matt in his expanded role.”

Zondervan

Zondervan, a worldwide leading Christian publisher of books and Bibles, is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. Its publications include a variety of Bible translations for all ages; books in different  genres and subject areas for the general reader; curriculum for individual and group Bible study; books for children and young adults; academic resources including textbooks and reference books; ministry resources; and books on faith and culture. Zondervan is based in Grand Rapids, MI.  For more information, visit www.zondervan.com.

Contact:  Chelsea Taff, Assistant Manager

               Corporate Communications

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11 March

Zondervan officially launches two imprints: Zondervan Reflective and Zondervan Academic

(Grand Rapids, Mich.)—With nearly a ninety-year history of publishing Christian content that is both thought-provoking and trusted, Zondervan announced today the official launch of Zondervan Reflective and Zondervan Academic.

Zondervan Reflective is a new imprint featuring the familiar voices of Christian leaders, pastors, and leaders in ministry like Andy Stanley, Clay Scroggins, J.D. Greear, and Peter Scazzero. Books in this imprint aim to spur readers toward insight and responsible action in their personal lives and in the public realm. Zondervan Reflective focuses on deep, yet applicable content, and will address topics related to leadership, the intersection of faith and culture, and growing and exploring a reader’s ministry.

Ryan Pazdur, associate publisher and executive editor for Zondervan Reflective commented, “Zondervan Reflective books are more than just good, engaging reads—they inspire action and call for a response. Our goal for this imprint is to be part of the conversation and to engage our readers, providing answers or perspective around really tough questions that Christianity is facing today.”

While Zondervan has been a well-established brand in the academic space for decades, the creation of the Zondervan Academic imprint brings additional focus to the market. “As a leader in Christian higher education and digital learning, Zondervan Academic seeks to show the breadth and diversity—both theologically and globally—of Christianity in its broadly evangelical expression,” says Katya Covrett, executive editor. “As a publisher of textbooks, reference books, and monographs, we consider ourselves both a broker of ideas and an equipping partner for our readers, wherever they are teaching and learning.”

Upcoming titles in the Zondervan Reflective imprint include Clay Scroggins’ How to Lead in a World of Distraction (September 2019), a follow-up to the bestselling How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge. Lead titles this fall for the Zondervan Academic imprint include The New Testament in Its World by N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird and America’s Religious History by historian Thomas S. Kidd (both November 2019).

Stanley N. Gundry, senior v-p and publisher, will oversee both Zondervan Reflective and Zondervan Academic. “This creation of two distinct imprints,” notes Gundry, “will position us for growth and better align our publishing with Zondervan’s future while retaining continuity with our eighty-eight years of history in publishing for the academy and a general readership concerned with the ideas, issues, and future of Christianity.”

Contact:  Amy Bigler

               Senior Manager, Public Relations

               tel:   616-698-3514

               web: [email protected]

About Zondervan

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into hundreds of languages. Zondervan main office is located in Grand Rapids, MI.  For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

08 March

SIL International and Zondervan Academic working together to aid global Bible translation efforts

Zondervan Academic providing dozens of academic resources, including online courses, to support efficient and accurate Bible translation work around the world

Grand Rapids, Mich., March 8, 2018 — Zondervan Academic is pleased to announce their support of SIL International®, a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide. Zondervan Academic is providing to SIL some of the world’s top biblical resources to support efficient and accurate Bible translation work around the world.

SIL has developed Translator’s Workplace, a product built on the Logos Bible Software platform, so that those in a Bible translation role who are part of a private, managed group can access resources to aid their translation efforts. Translator’s Workplace acts like a library with unlimited loaning and loan periods. Zondervan Academic, which already distributes many of its titles digitally through Logos, has granted permission to Logos to provide a large library of its scholarly digital content without charge to users of SIL’s Translator’s Workplace.

Zondervan Academic and BibleMesh also are making available at a significant discount many Zondervan Academic Online Courses to SIL and the community of Bible translators and consultants it serves. The courses include Old Testament and New Testament Surveys and Basics of Biblical Greek, Hebrew, Ugaritic, Aramaic, and Syriac. Zondervan Academic Online Courses are adapted from award-winning Zondervan Academic textbooks, feature professionally filmed video lectures, and can be used by professors in the classroom, or by individual learners.

“One of our current initiatives is to foster greater understanding of biblical languages among translators and consultants,” says Paul O’Rear, SIL associate international translation coordinator. “We are grateful to Zondervan for their ministry-minded heart and support of Bible translation. Their books and online courses will be of tremendous value to translation consultants and consultants-in-training worldwide.”

“Our aim as a publisher is to support the academy and the church, and I am so pleased that we are able to bring these aims together in providing these resources to the worldwide church through the services of SIL International,” says Stan Gundry, SVP and publisher, Zondervan.

Zondervan Academic titles provided to SIL include:

  • Africa Bible Commentary
  • Expositor’s Bible Commentary
  • Halley’s Bible Handbook
  • NIV Zondervan Study Bible
  • South Asia Bible Commentary
  • Word Biblical Commentary Series
  • Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
  • Zondervan Biblical Languages Collection
  • Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible
  • Zondervan Exegetical Commentary
  • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
  • Zondervan Reference Collection

To learn more about SIL International and to support their translation efforts, visit www.sil.org/translation.

Contact:     Trinity McFadden

Senior Manager of Publicity

tel:   616-698-3514

web: [email protected]

About SIL International®: SIL is a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide through research, translation, training and materials development. SIL works alongside ethnolinguistic communities and partners in nearly 100 countries to harness the power of language to address challenges communities face—social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual. SIL staff serve as researchers, trainers, literacy consultants and translation advisors; more than 1000 SIL staff hold advanced degrees. SIL has been an official NGO partner with UNESCO since 1993 and has had special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1997. Learn more at www.sil.org.

About Zondervan Academic: Zondervan Academic, a division of Zondervan and HarperCollins Christian Publishing, has provided scholarly works for teachers and students of the Word since 1931. Zondervan Academic is privileged to partner with the scholarly community in providing Christ-honoring resources in service of the academy and the church worldwide. Together, they produce academic works in various areas of biblical-theological studies that exhibit faithfulness to historic Christian faith, cultural relevance, and excellence. Their biblical and theological books are used in academic institutions, churches, and personal studies worldwide. As a broker of ideas, the Zondervan Academic publishing program seeks to reflect the breadth and diversity—both theological and global—within evangelical scholarship while maintaining their commitment to the heart of orthodox Christianity. To learn more, visit www.ZondervanAcademic.com.

About Zondervan: Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.