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Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther (New Studies in Biblical Theology) [Paperback]

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Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.41" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 26, 2001
Publisher   IVP Academic
ISBN  0830826106  
EAN  9780830826100  


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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.

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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. InFive Festal Garments 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.

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Barry G. Webb (PhD, University of Sheffield) is the senior research fellow emeritus in Old Testament at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books, including The Book of Judges and The Message of Isaiah. His work has been published in eight different languages.

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and a visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

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Excellent!  Dec 28, 2007
This has become one of my favourites. Webb gave a reflection each on the Garment of Love (The Song of Songs), the Garment of Kindness (Ruth), the Garment of Suffering (Lamentations), the Garment of Vexation (Ecclesiastes) and the Garment of Deliverance (Esther), which are excellent. In each section, he gave a summary of the structure of the book, reflected on its contribution to the Old Testament, its place in the Jewish liturgy, and its importance to the Christian canon, reflecting on its place in the New Testament. I have learnt and discovered so much from these "lesser" books of the bible through his short commentaries.


 
Five Festal Garments  Aug 7, 2001
Five Festal Garments examines five Old Testament Books that are often neglected (or handled badly) by preachers today. The books that Webb gives consideration to are Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther.

Webb's approach with this book is clearly spelt out in the introduction. He wants to examine the books from a biblical theology farmework. (The following is a quote from the book.)

"What is necessary here is for me to make clear the kind of biblical theology to which I am personally committed and will practise in the following chapters...Its focus is on the unity of Scripture, while doing full justice to its diversity. The key to this unity in diversity is found in the gospel preached by Jesus and his apostles, to which the New Testament bears witness. This gospel is everywhere anchored in the Old Testament, of which it is seen to be the fulfilment. In short, the kind of biblical theology that will be practised here is an evangelical one, not just in the sense that (some) evangelicals practise it, but in that it derives its rationale from the evangel (the gospel) itself." (p.15)

The examination of each of the Old Testament books is divided into 3 sections: I. The first section is an attempt to let the book speak for itself. II. The second step is to examine the book within the wider Old Testament framework. III. Finally the book is examined in light of the "New Testament gospel with its basic `promise and fulfilment' structure" (p.16).

Webb offers some great insights into the text of each of the books while at the same time engaging contemporary scholarship. While demonstrating a great sensitivity to the text, Webb provides us with some wonderful insights - allowing the text to speak for itself, and allowing us to clearly hear what the text is saying. This book had me opening my Bible and reading with a greater clarity these five books.

 

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