The People's Bible Commentary - Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Lamentations: A Bible commentary for every day

The People's Bible Commentary - Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Lamentations: A Bible commentary for every day

Author : Robert Fyall
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The short books of Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Lamentations contain both interest and difficulty disproportionate to their size. Two of them are stories set in the wider framework of Biblical history; one is a puzzling book of wisdom; one is a love poem; one is a national lament. Some of them have been the subjects of fierce debate as to whether they should be included in the Bible at all!

Title The People's Bible Commentary - Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Lamentations: A Bible commentary for every day
Author Robert Fyall
Description

The short books of Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Lamentations contain both interest and difficulty disproportionate to their size. Two of them are stories set in the wider framework of Biblical history; one is a puzzling book of wisdom; one is a love poem; one is a national lament. Some of them have been the subjects of fierce debate as to whether they should be included in the Bible at all!

Each of these five books has profound pastoral implications, however. They take us into a world of intense joy and massive grief. Using story, poetry, proverb, dirge and lament, they run the whole gamut of human emotion. Each has its own distinctive style and emphasis and, as part of the canon of Scripture, each of these five books ultimately bear witness in some way to the gospel message.

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  • Product code: DOWN2421
  • Published: 18 February 2005
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208

The short books of Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Lamentations contain both interest and difficulty disproportionate to their size. Two of them are stories set in the wider framework of Biblical history; one is a puzzling book of wisdom; one is a love poem; one is a national lament. Some of them have been the subjects of fierce debate as to whether they should be included in the Bible at all!

Each of these five books has profound pastoral implications, however. They take us into a world of intense joy and massive grief. Using story, poetry, proverb, dirge and lament, they run the whole gamut of human emotion. Each has its own distinctive style and emphasis and, as part of the canon of Scripture, each of these five books ultimately bear witness in some way to the gospel message.

The Revd Dr Robert Fyall is Director of Rutherford House, a theological research institute in Edinburgh, having previously taught Old Testament at St John's College, Durham. He has written a number of commentaries, most recently Now My Eyes Have Seen You: images of creation and evil in the book of Job (IVP, 2002).