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RUTH ESTHER WBC

RUTH ESTHER WBC
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This landmark commentary by Dr. Frederick Bush fills a void in Old Testament studies. Ruth and Esther are among the most neglected books in the canon of Holy Scripture. None of the early church fathers wrote a commentary on Esther, and the list of serious contemporary analyses of both Ruth and Esther is woefully short. So pastors and scholars alike will welcome Dr. Bush's thorough treatment of these intriguing texts.

Drawing upon recent studies on the genre and discourse structure of biblical narrative, Bush shows how the loving loyalty of Ruth, the kindness and sagacity of both Boaz and Naomi, and God's gracious provision of fruitfulness for field and womb provide a son to reverse the death and emptiness that had afflicted Naomi. It was an outcome of utmost significance, for it preserved the family line that ultimately led to David. In the course of his investigation, Bush deals at length with the difficult question of the role that the social customs of the levirate law and the redemption of the land play in this powerful story. Bush's careful linguistic study sheds new light on the difficult question of the date of the book.

From its earliest days, the book of Esther has posed huge problems for Bible students. What do you do with a book of the Bible that never overtly speaks of God? Does a book this secular really belong in our Bibles? Some of the ancient rabbis said no. Is it possible that a "proto" version of Esther was amended in the Masoretic Text to make a solid case for the popular feast of Purim? Bush's exhaustive analysis of the literary structure of the book of Esther provides numerous clues that this may be so. While offering numerous insights into the technicalities of language and textual transmission, Bush also uses his expertise in Near Eastern studies to stir our hearts with a fresh look at the courage of Queen Esther and her loyal kinsman Mordecai. Like all the volumes of the Word Biblical Commentary, this commentary has been written for advanced Bible scholars. The clear division of technical notes from more popular explanation and comment sections makes it a useful tool for pastors and serious students of the Word. Readers with widely varying skills will welcome: use of the literary tools of narrative poetics and discourse analysis to help determine the theme, purpose, and theology of these stories extensive bibliographical sources to aid further study application of the tools of linguistic analysis to help in dating the text of the book of Ruth perceptive assessments of how both of these books reflect the self-awareness of the Jews as a resilient, resourceful people new insights into how and why Esther has come to us in its present form Dr. Bush's perceptive exegesis of these texts will fill a gap on the shelves of Old Testament scholarship.

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RUTH OTL

RUTH OTL
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Kirsten Nielsen's commentary on
the book of Ruth, now available in a
new casebound edition, paints a rich
and subtle portrait of its characters,
carefully tracing the many connections
between this story and other biblical
passages, such as the stories of Judah
and Tamar. This volume is a powerful
addition to this critically acclaimed Old
Testament Library series.

The
Old Testament Library provides fresh
and authoritative treatments of
important aspects of Old Testament
study through commentaries and
general surveys. The contributors are
scholars of international standing.

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February 1, 1997

SONG OF SOLOMON TOTC

SONG OF SOLOMON TOTC
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The Song of Solomon, as its Hebrew title indicates, is the best of songs. This Old Testament book has fascinated and perplexed interpreters for centuries. Lloyd Carr, in this introduction to the Song of Solomon, explains the meaning of this ancient love story in a way that can be clearly grasped and appreciated.
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SONG OF SONGS ANCHOR

SONG OF SONGS ANCHOR
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The Song of Songs has been compared to a lock for which the key was lost. Traditionally ascribed to King Solomon, the book has a sensuous imagery that has been the subject of various allegorical interpretations, chiefly as relating to Yahweh's love for Israel or Christ's love for the Church.

Marvin H. Pope suggests that the poem is what it seems, an unabashed celebration of sexual love, both human and divine, rooted in the fertility religions of the ancient Near East, the sacred marriage rite, and the funeral feast. A distinctive feature of his interpretation is the correlation between Love and Death. Also discussed are parallel literatures, possible Indian influences, and the significance of the Song for women's liberation. Samples of traditional Jewish and Christian allegorical interpretations are cited for each verse.

Numerous photographs and drawings of ancient Near East origin illustrate and authenticate this provocative and controversial interpretation of Solomon's sublime song.

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March 1, 1995

Thomas Constables Notes on the Bible Volume 2 Joshua thru Esther

Thomas Constables Notes on the Bible Volume 2 Joshua thru Esther
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The second volume of Dr. Thomas L. Constable's notes on the Bible, covering Joshua-Esther
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Thomas Constables Notes on the Bible Volume 4 Isaiah thru Daniel

Thomas Constables Notes on the Bible Volume 4 Isaiah thru Daniel
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The notes of Dr. Thomas L.Constable on the Major Prophets, including the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
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September 22, 2015

VITALITY OF WORSHIP PSALMS @LP

VITALITY OF WORSHIP PSALMS @LP
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The psalms have been central to Jewish and Christian tradition and spirituality across the centuries. In them people of all times and places have found echoes of their own experiences, whether of praise or perplexity, certainty or doubt, quiet assurance or agonized questioning. This commentary on the book of Psalms by Robert Davidson seeks to show how a knowledge of the place the psalms originally had in the worship of ancient Israel enables them to come alive in worship within believing communities today. Taking primarily a theological approach to the psalms, Davidson looks at each numbered psalm in turn, discussing its relationship to the other psalms, its message according to its original context, and its enduring theological significance. Davidson's special concern to highlight the continuing relevance of the Psalms for worship also contributes greatly to our understanding of the vitality and richness of worship - in ancient times and now. According to Davidson, when we recognize in the psalms their reflections of our own life experiences, they can be significantly more helpful to our private spiritual lives and our public worship than many of the hymnbooks currently being used. In drawing on contemporary worship sources, both Jewish and Christian, this excellent commentary will appeal as much to general readers and worship leaders as to scholars, students, and pastors.
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July 17, 1998

ZEPHANIAH ANCHOR

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With keen insight and lucid analysis, Adele Berlin brings the dramatic words of the great prophet Zaphaniah to life. Living under the tumultuous reign of King Josiah of Judah (640-609 BCE), Zephaniah predicted the final day of judgment when God would come to the fate of Israel and other nations. The book of Zephaniah is composed as a charged dialogue between God and the prophet. As their conversation unfolds, we learn of the doomed destiny which are indifferent to the Lord's power and of humans who have become too enthralled worldly riches. As piercing as any modern day social critic, Zephaniah proclaims salvation only for those who lead a life of simplicity, faith, and humility. The new translation by Adele Berlin, a literary as well as biblical scholar, celebrates the vivid and powerful language of this ancient poet. In staccato exclamations, elevated rhetoric, and a rich tapestry of metaphors and similes, Zephaniah paints a world beset by corruption, idolatry, and war. Berlin's contemporary commentary illuminates not only the beauty of Zephaniah's poetry, but also the political meaning behind his anguished verse For the biblical scholar, Berlin draws vital between Zephaniah's references and the rest of the Hebrew Bible. For general readers, Berlin's accessible "Zephaniah" is an invitation to explore the political and socially turbulent times of this ancient prophet's world.
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September 1, 1994

Zephaniah Malachi a Commentary for Biblical Preaching & Teaching

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Kerux Commentaries enable pastors and teachers to understand and effectively present the main message in a biblical text.

Each volume uniquely combines the insights of an experienced Bible exegete (trained in interpretation) and a homiletician (trained in preaching). These two authors work together to explain the essential message for the original listeners or readers, unpack its timeless truth, and then provide a contemporary restatement and communication insights for the key biblical concept. Every book is a resource designed and written with the real needs of the pastor and teacher always in sight, providing many ways to creatively express the principal thought in a biblical passage.

Based on the Big Idea preaching model, Kerux enhances the reader's ability to deliver a message that is biblical, cohesive, and dynamic.

Zephaniah-Malachi unfolds the messages of the final four minor prophets, including the key themes of repentance, the temple, the day of the Lord, and a coming kingdom in which Messiah will reign and bring cleansing and restoration. Smith and Sprankle aid the preacher in bringing these books to life for modern congregations and helping contemporary followers of Christ apply their timeless principles.

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October 13, 2020

2 SAMUEL YOUR KINGDOM COME PREACHING THE WORD COMMENTARY

2 SAMUEL YOUR KINGDOM COME PREACHING THE WORD COMMENTARY
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King David stands as one of the most important figures of world history. From children’s storybooks to Michelangelo’s famous statue, ancient Israel’s most famous king is still remembered and recognized by people around the world three thousand years after he lived. Helping readers deepen their understanding of David’s tumultuous reign, John Woodhouse highlights David’s important role in salvation history—a history that began with Israel but now encompasses God’s plan for the whole world. Designed as a trustworthy resource for pastors who preach and teach on a regular basis, this commentary ultimately argues that David’s story is important because it lays the crucial foundation for the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, “the son of David.”

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October 31, 2015

Bible Knowledge Commentary Old Testament

Bible Knowledge Commentary Old Testament
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"The Bible Knowledge Commentary" answers questions about the Scriptures, discussing all the Bible verse by verse and often phrase by phrase. In addition, maps, charts, and diagrams help you grasp the meanings of the biblical text. Unlike most others this commentary is by the authors from one school - Dallas Theological Seminary. "The Bible Knowledge Commentary" - popular in style and scholarly in content - will deepen your understanding of God's written Word.
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July 1, 1985

CREATION & BLESSING GENESIS

CREATION & BLESSING GENESIS
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According to the author, his purpose is to "help the reader appreciate the major literary and theological motifs that form the theological ideas in the narratives, and to demonstrate how these theological ideas can be developed into clear and accurate expository ideas." To accomplish this goal, he divides Genesis into more than sixty units, discussing each unit's theological ideas, describing its structure, and synthesizing its message, as well as providing an exegetical outline, an expository outline, and a bibliography.
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February 1, 1997