Description : What have the Psalms to do with ethics? Readers prize the Psalter for its richly theological prayers, but into these prayers are woven a variety of ethical issues. This book explores the ethics of the Psalter by examining the four portraits of the righteous person that punctuate Book I. It begins by studying these psalms as individual compositions and then employs both the canonical approach and dialogic criticism to identify the complex relationship between the portraits' vision of the righteous life and its outcome. Does the righteous person enjoy security and the good life? The answer may be surprising, but joining the psalmist on the rocky path of the interface of faith and experience is certain to prove a formative experience.
Description : "John Vassar investigates the intertextual relationship between the Psalter and the Pentateuch, revealing the various markers in the Psalter that guide the reader to the Pentateuch. The initial marker discerned guiding the reader from the Psalter to the Pentateuch is the fivefold division of the Psalter. This study then proceeds to examine the relationship between the initial psalm of each book of the Psalter and then explores this relationship with a text from the five books of the Pentateuch."--BOOK JACKET.
Description : The Teach the Text Commentary Series utilizes the best of biblical scholarship to provide the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. The carefully selected preaching units and focused commentary allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text.
Description : Introduces the book of Psalms providing an exposition of each psalm with attention to genre, liturgical connections and societal issues.
Description : The Africa Bible Commentary is a unique publishing event—the first one-volume Bible commentary produced in Africa by African theologians to meet the needs of African pastors, students, and lay leaders. Interpreting and applying the Bible in the light of African culture and realities, it furnishes powerful and relevant insights into the biblical text that transcend Africa in their significance. The Africa Bible Commentary gives a section-by-section interpretation that provides a contextual, readable, affordable, and immensely useful guide to the entire Bible. Readers around the world will benefit from and appreciate the commentary’s fresh insights and direct style that engage both heart and mind. Key features: · Produced by African biblical scholars, in Africa, for Africa—and for the world · Section-by-section interpretive commentary and application · More than 70 special articles dealing with topics of key importance in to ministry in Africa today, but that have global implications · 70 African contributors from both English- and French-speaking countries · Transcends the African context with insights into the biblical text and the Christian faith for readers worldwide
Description : The first chapter in the book of Psalms promises that the righteous will be secure and prosperous, "like trees planted by streams of water" (Ps. 1:3). In this thorough analysis of the book of Psalms, Jerome Creach expounds on his proposal that the book of Psalms is centrally concerned with the destiny of the righteous.
Description : The rationale of the order of Psalms is a puzzle at least as old as Augustine in the fourth century, and Grant (Biblical studies, Highland Theological College, Scotland) does not aspire to solve the whole thing here and now. Rather he bites off only one aspect, a particular paradigm that may have influenced the shape of the Psalms in certain ways.
Description : Acknowledged by many as a classic work of biblical scholarship, A Guide to the Gospels by Dr. W. Graham Scroggie provides a book-by-book treatment of the foundational New Testament books. Every element of the four Gospels is covered under the three divisions of this study: The Gospels viewed synthetically, The Gospels viewed analytically, The Gospels viewed Christologically. Filled with a wealth of charts, maps, and lists, A Guide to the Gospels provides a ready source of information, analysis, and source material for the pastor, teacher, or Bible student. Scroggie's insightful treatment of the English text furnishes the comprehensive scholarship necessary for a thorough grasp of each book of the Gospels. - Back cover.
Description : To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential. Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these documents and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus. With clarity and insight, Mark Strauss illuminates these four books, first addressing their nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He then moves on to closer study of each narrative and its contribution to our understanding of Jesus, investigating things such as plot, characters, and theme. Finally, he pulls it all together with a detailed examination of what the Gospels teach about Jesus’ ministry, message, death, and resurrection, with excursions into the quest for the historical Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels.