Five Festal Garments
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These five Old Testament books, traditionally known simply as 'the Scrolls' are among the most neglected parts of the Christian Bible. Each presents particular difficulties with regard to how it should be understood and used as the Word of God for us today. 151 Pages, Softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 151
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 X 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0830826106
ISBN-13: 9780830826100
Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology

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These five Old Testament books, traditionally known simply as "the Scrolls," are among the most neglected parts of the Christian Bible. In Judaism, the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther were eventually adopted as lectionary readings for five of the major festivals. In Christian tradition, however, no consensus has emerged about their proper use. Each book presents particular difficulties with regard to how it relates to the rest of Scripture and how it should be understood as the Word of God for us today. In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, Barry Webb offers a Christian interpretation of these problematic writings. He allows each book to set its own agenda, and then examines each in relation to the wider Old Testament and to the New Testament gospel with its basic structure of promise and fulfillment. In this way, Webb presents fresh and illuminating perspectives on these five "festal garments" of love, kindness, suffering, vexation and deliverance. Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

Author Bio

Barry G. Webb (PhD, Sheffield) is emeritus senior research fellow in Old Testament at Moore Theological College in New South Wales, Australia. He has written (JSOT Press).

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    Jimmy Reagan
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    I wish other scholarly books read like this one. It could make a prototype for future scholarly monographs. For one thing, he loved to read the New Testament back into these five wonderful Old Testament books. These five books Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther became the five short Old Testament books that were sung in the great festivals of Israel. Though they are not together in our Bibles, its still a great idea to look at them together. Mr. Webb has hit a home run and packed an incredible amount of material in 150 pages.

    Mr. Webb describes these books as sitting on the edge of the canon because they had more trouble with acceptance than any in the Old Testament. In the chapter on each of the five books he crams in much material like you might find in an introduction in a commentary, but the depth cant hide the warm spiritual truth he uncovers for Christians.

    He broke down the Song of Solomon in an incredible way. He describes the incredible statement it makes about love between a man and a woman in a tasteful way. He may not see it as a picture of the love of Christ for his church as much as I do, but he does finally conclude that theres something of the love of God in it.

    Without getting bogged down as Ive seen so many scholars do, he broke down the episodes of the book of Ruth. He beautifully brought out the theology to be found in this amazing little book. He also discussed Ruth as salvation history, which many scholars will no longer do.

    He sets the scene of suffering in the book of Lamentations and makes sense of its structure. Again, the theology was spot on. I may not have agreed with all his conclusions on Ecclesiastes, but I was intrigued by what he had to say. In the chapter on Esther he addressed the charge that its a secular book. He did see Esther and Mordecai as more conflicted characters than Bible characters like, say, Daniel. Again, he provided us with many avenues of study.

    I enjoyed this book. I sat down and read it straight through in about two hours. I dont see how anyone could read it without benefit. Its an awesome book.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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