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Author Williamson, Robert, Jr., author

Title The forgotten books of the Bible : recovering the five scrolls for today / Robert Williamson, Jr
Published Minneapolis, MN : Fortress Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource
Contents The song of songs -- Ruth -- Lamentations -- Ecclesiastes -- Esther
Summary You're probably missing out on some of the most interesting books of the Bible. In the Jewish tradition, the five books known as "The Five Scrolls" perform a central liturgical function as the texts associated with each of the major holidays. The Song of Songs is read during Passover, Ruth during Shavuot, Lamentations on Tisha B'av, Ecclesiastes during Sukkot, and Esther during the celebration of Purim. Together with the five books of the Torah, these texts orient Jewish life and provide the language of the faith. In the Christian tradition, by contrast, these books have largely been forgotten. Many churchgoers can't even find them in their pew Bibles. They are rarely preached, come up only occasionally in the lectionary, and are not the subject of Bible studies. Thus, their influence on the lives and theology of many Christians is entirely negligible. But they deserve much more attention. With scholarly wisdom and a quick wit, Williamson insists that these books speak urgently to the pressing issues of the contemporary world. Addressing themes of human sexuality, grief, immigration, suffering and protest, ethnic nationalism, and existential dread, he skillfully guides readers as they rediscover the relevance of the Five Scrolls for today
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 26, 2018)
SUBJECT Bible. Five Scrolls -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Five Scrolls fast
Subject RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- Sacred Writings.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781506406275