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In Lamentations, well-known theologian Harvey Cox draws on a wide array of sources including poetry, novels, films, paintings, and photography to offer a contemporary theological reading of Lamentations which is provocative and sure to stir numerous theological reflections and responses.
The biblical book of Song of Songs has historically been seen as a book pointing to Christ's love for the church and has been interpreted in allegorical ways. Author Stephanie Paulsell suggests that the Song can still have profound meaning for us, teaching us "to love not only what we can see shining on the surface but also those depths of the other which are out of our reach."
The volumes in Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible from Westminster John Knox Press offer a fresh and invigorating approach to all the books of the Bible. Building on a wide range of sources from biblical studies and the Christian tradition, noted scholars focus less on traditional historical and literary angles in favor of a theologically focused commentary that considers the contemporary relevance of the texts. This series is an invaluable resource for those who want to probe beyond the backgrounds and words of biblical texts to their deep theological meanings for the church today.
ín Indiepte-studie oor die boek Ester in 10 weke om jou bewus te maak dat God se hand in alles in jou lewe is. God onderhou en regeer oor alles wat Hy gemaak het. Alles wat gebeur, vind plaas omdat dit God se wil is volgens sy plan, manier en tydsberekening. Soms roep Hy gewone mense om buitengewone take uit te voer. Hierdie 10 weke lange studie oor die boek Ester bied ín fassinerende historiese vertelling van God se voorsiening onder ín aanslag om die Jode in ballingskap in die Persiese Ryk uit te roei. Jane Roach gebruik insigryke kommentaar, besprekingsvrae, getuienisse en lofsange terwyl sy lesers deur hierdie boeiende verhaal neem, karakters bekendstel en God se voorsiening uitwys. Soos jy deur Ester werk, sal jy leer om God se hand in jou eie omstandighede raak te sien, om op Hom te steun met onverdeelde vertroue en aanbidding, en om ín nuwe lewe van dankbaarheid, vrede en vreugde te ervaar.
Die verhaal van Israel se enigste vroulike rigter, Debora.
Debora is ’n uitgesproke en onverskrokke vrou. Sy glo in God, maar sukkel om die potensiaal in haar eie lewe te sien. As Israelitiese vrou sal sy trou en kinders hÍ, en haar kinders van Adonai leer – en dit is meer as genoeg om haar dae vol te maak.
Maar God het ’n ander plan vir haar. Vir byna 20 jaar al leef Israel onder die so te sÍ konstante vrees vir die Ka≠našnitiese leŽr. En nou roep God vir Debora om haar volk van hierdie verdrukking te bevry. Sal haar geliefdes dit verstaan? Sal mense glo dat God haar geroep het? En kan die bedreiging wat Kanašn inhou, gestop word?
Met haar kenmerkende onberispelike navorsing en verbeeldingryke vertelkuns skets Jill Eileen Smith in Debora, die profetes die storie van Israel se magtigste vroulike rigter in ’n roman wat sowel boeiend as inspirerend is.
Ervare prediker en skrywer Colin Smith wys jou hoe die Tien Gebooie jou kan help met die lewe se grootste uitdagings. Sukkel jy met jou humeur? Of met ontevredenheid of dalk tydbestuur? Wat dit ook al is, daar is hulp op ín verrassende plek: die Tien Gebooie. In Die 10 grootste uitdagings in jou lewe wys ervare skrywer en prediker Colin Smith hoe die Tien Gebooie baie meer inhou as wat jy nog altyd gedink het. Dit is soveel meer as ín lys moets en moenies Ė dit gaan in werklikheid oor dit wat diep in jou hart le en word ín barometer van jou liefde vir God. Jy sal areas in jou lewe ontdek waar ín koersaanpassing nodig is, en jy sal insig en wysheid kry om met meer liefde, krag en vryheid in Christus te lewe. Ingesluit: ín studiegids ideaal vir individuele gebruik of in groepe, wat jou sal help om vreugde te vind in God se Woord. Ook beskikbaar in Engels onder titel The Ten Greatest Struggles of Your Life.
Justice, mercy, and the public good all find meaning in relationshipaa relationship dependent upon fidelity, but endlessly open to the betrayals of infidelity. This paradox defines the story of God and Israel in the Old Testament. Yet the arc of this story reaches ever forward, and its trajectory confers meaning upon human relationships and communities in the present. The Old Testament still speaks. Israel, in the Old Testament, bears witness to a God who initiates and then sustains covenantal relationships. God, in mercy, does so by making promises for a just well-being and prescribing stipulations for the covenant partner's obedience. The nature of the relationship itself decisively depends upon the conduct, practice, and policy of the covenant partner, yet is radically rooted in the character and agency of Godathe One who makes promises, initiates covenant, and sustains relationship. This reflexive, asymmetrical relationship, kept alive in the texts and tradition, now fires contemporary imagination. Justice becomes shaped by the practice of neighborliness, mercy reaches beyond a pervasive quid pro quo calculus, and law becomes a dynamic norming of the community. The well-being of the neighborhood, inspired by the biblical texts, makes possibleaand even insists uponaan alternative to the ideology of individualism that governs our society's practice and policy. This kind of community life returns us to the arc of God's giftsamercy, justice, and law. The covenant of God in the witness of biblical faith speaks now and demands that its interpreting community resist individualism, overcome commoditization, and thwart the rule of empire through a life of radical neighbor love.
The book of Joshua reads like an exciting novel - from the miraculous crossing of the Jordan to the crash of the walls of Jericho and the sun stopping in the sky. Through it all we see God's faithfulness and power. Studying Joshua encourages us to persevere in our own daily battles, arming us with the powerful weapons we need - God's promises. This revised Lifebuilder Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader's notes and an extra 'Now or Later' section in each study. "
In the Book of Judges the narrator presents an image of the good parent YHWH whose enduring love and loyalty is offset by his wayward child Israel who defaults on the relationship repeatedly. Biblical scholars have largely concurred, demonstrating the many faults of Israel while siding with YHWH's privileged viewpoint. When object-relations theory (which examines how human beings relate to each other) is applied to Judges, a different story emerges. In its capacity to illuminate why and how relationships can be intense, problematic, rewarding, and enduring, object-relations theory reveals how both YHWH and Israel have attachment needs that are played out vividly in the story world. Deryn Guest reveals how its narrator engages in a variety of psychological strategies to mask suppressed rage as he engages in an intriguing but rather dysfunctional masochistic dance with a dominant deity who has reputation needs.
An essential biography of one of the Bible (TM)s most powerful and inspiring books Exodus is the second book of the Hebrew Bible, but it may rank first in lasting cultural importance. It is here that the classic biblical themes of oppression and redemption, of human enslavement and divine salvation, are most dramatically expressed. Joel Baden tells the story of this influential and enduring book, tracing how its famous account of the Israelites (TM) journey to the promised land has been adopted and adapted for millennia, often in unexpected ways. Baden draws a distinction between the Exodus story and the book itself, which is one of the most multifaceted in the Bible, containing poems, law codes, rituals, and architectural plans. He shows how Exodus brings together an array of oral and written traditions from the ancient Middle East, and how it came to be ritualized in the Passover Seder and the Eucharist. Highlighting the remarkable resilience and flexibility of Exodus, Baden sheds light on how the bestowing of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai divided Jewish and Christian thinkers, on the importance of Exodus during the Reformation and the American Revolution, and on its uses in debates for and against slavery. He also traces how the defining narrative of ancient Israel helped to define Mormon social identity, the American civil rights movement, and liberation theology. Though three thousand years old, the Exodus "as history, as narrative, as metaphor, as model "continues to be vitally important for us today. Here is the essential biography of this incomparable spiritual masterpiece.
A beginning. An origin. A foundation. Knowing where we came from says much about where we are going. Perhaps that is why the first book of the Bible is a book of beginnings. God wants us to know where we came from. Learning that will teach us much about the place we are going. The book of Genesis brings us back to the beginning of the Bible, where the foundation of life itself is explained. We learn how we were created, about the origins of sin and its fallout, and how to best relate to God - through obedience and trust. We are drawn into tales of deceit, jealousy, and outright failure, where we see how God still uses flawed people. And weaving throughout these earliest stories of humankind are the golden threads of God's promises - promises we can trace from their origins, through the course of history, up through our lives today, and beyond us to the end of time when his final promises will at last be fulfilled. The Life Lessons with Max Lucado series brings the Bible to life in twelve lessons filled with intriguing questions, inspirational stories, and poignant reflections to take you deeper into God's Word. Each lesson includes an opening reflection, background information, an excerpt of the text (from the New International and New King James versions), exploration questions, inspirational thoughts from Max, and a closing takeaway for further reflection. The Life Lessons series is ideal for use in both a small-group setting and for individual study.
A dual language Hebrew-English edition These six short books of the Bible, each read in connection with a Jewish holy day, constitute a literature unto themselves-a poetic, spiritual, and literary treasure. This volume includes The Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, and Jonah.
Staying faithful when the pressure was most intense. That's what these two did. The Jewish people had reason to be depressed. Their nation had been conquered. Their hometown was in ruins. They were living in captivity. Yet from the ashes, God raised up two key figures to preserve the Jewish race. Daniel was among the first of the captives carried away by the Babylonians. Although he lived in a culture opposed to God, he was always faithful to the Lord - even in the face of death - and ultimately was able to influence kings and rulers. Esther was in exile during the time of the Persian Empire. Like Daniel, the Lord also placed her in a position to influence those in power. God also called her to step out in faith and risk her life to foil a plot against her people. As a result of her bold actions, the entire Jewish race was saved from annihilation. The Life Lessons with Max Lucado series brings the Bible to life in twelve lessons filled with intriguing questions, inspirational stories, and poignant reflections to take you deeper into God's Word. Each lesson includes an opening reflection, background information, an excerpt of the text (from the New International and New King James versions), exploration questions, inspirational thoughts from Max, and a closing takeaway for further reflection. The Life Lessons series is ideal for use in both a small-group setting and for individual study.
Robin Routledge has now produced an invaluable companion volume to his highly successful Old Testament Theology. He gives a comprehensive orientation to all the dimensions of the study of the Old Testament, including canon, text, criticism and forms of interpretation, as well as an in-depth treatment of each individual book, and extensive bibliographical resources. Scholarly and lucid, it is designed especially for those who want to understand how to read the Old Testament as Christian Scripture, while doing justice to its nuances and enormous diversity.
Unraveling the controversies surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls Since they were first discovered in the caves at Qumran in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have aroused more fascination "and controversy "than perhaps any other archaeological find. They appear to have been hidden in the Judean desert by the Essenes, a Jewish sect that existed around the time of Jesus, and they continue to inspire veneration to this day. In this concise and accessible book, John Collins tells the story of the scrolls and the bitter conflicts that have swirled around them since their startling discovery. He explores whether the scrolls were indeed the property of an isolated, quasi-monastic community or more broadly reflected the Judaism of their time. He unravels the impassioned disputes surrounding the scrolls and Christianity, and looks at attempts to oereclaim the scrolls for Judaism after the full corpus became available in the 1990s. Collins also describes how the decades-long delay in publishing the scrolls gave rise to sensational claims and conspiracy theories.
Engaging and accessible to students from all backgrounds, A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context, Third Edition, is an updated and concise version of Michael D. Coogan's best-selling The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, Third Edition (OUP, 2013). Coogan works primarily from a historical and critical methodology but also introduces students to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies. Providing a nondenominational and nondoctrinal treatment, this text offers a unique and captivating introduction to the Hebrew scriptures themselves and to how they have been-and can be-interpreted. PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES * Chapter introductions connecting each chapter to the preceding material and previewing the material to come * Chapter summaries that highlight key points and link each chapter to the rest of the book * Important terms, boldfaced at their first appearance and defined in the glossary * Numerous strategically placed text boxes that offer interesting and useful supplementary information * Timelines, photos, illustrations, maps, and a four-color insert on Jerusalem in biblical times * Review questions, suggestions for further reading, a general bibliography, and annotated bibliographies at the end of each chapter * A FREE 6-month subscription to Oxford Biblical Studies Online (www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com)-a $180 value-with the purchase of every new copy of this text.
This bundle contains 5 Rose Publishing pamphlets of Psalms. Enrich your understanding of the Psalms with this handy Christian pamphlet. The Psalms are one of the most beloved portions of Scripture. This Christian pamphlet explains the wide variety of Bible Psalms, from the psalms of Thanksgiving, Lament, and Wisdom to the psalms of Royalty. Understand the fascinating structure of the Psalm's acrostics (repetition of the first word or letter) in many Bible Psalms. This pamphlet fits inside most Bible covers, has 14 panels, and unfolds to 38 inches.
The environmental crisis has prompted religious leaders and lay people to look to their traditions for resources to respond to environmental degradation. In this book, Mari Joerstad contributes to this effort by examining an ignored feature of the Hebrew Bible: its attribution of activity and affect to trees, fields, soil, and mountains. The Bible presents a social cosmos, in which humans are one kind of person among many. Using a combination of the tools of biblical studies and anthropological writings on animism, Joerstad traces the activity of non-animal nature through the canon. She shows how biblical writers go beyond sustainable development, asking us to be good neighbors to mountains and trees, and to be generous to our fields and vineyards. They envision human communities that are sources of joy to plants and animals. The Biblical writers' attention to inhabited spaces is particularly salient for contemporary environmental ethics in their insistence that our cities, suburbs, and villages contribute to flourishing landscapes.
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