Item description for Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs (Westminster Bible Companion) by Ellen F. Davis & Harold Davis...
Overview Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs, though entirely different books, are similar in that they provide spiritual guidance about what it means to live wisely before God. In this thorough and readable commentary, Ellen Davis points out that the writers of these books considered wisdom and the fruits of wisdom - a well-ordered life and a peaceful mind - to be within the grasp of all those wholeheartedly desiring it. From the confident "wise dealing" instructions in Proverbs, to the world-weariness of Ecclesiastes, to the exuberance of the Song of Songs, these books take the reader through the full range of human emotion. Their words cause one to reflect on both the ordinary and the extraordinary experiences of life: birth and death, poverty and wealth, education and work, grief and joy, human love and love of God. Though books of ancient wisdom, they continue to speak with particular power to the spiritual needs of our highly secularized age.
These books of the Bible, despite their differences, all treat the phenomenon of what it means to live wisely before God. In this readable commentary, Ellen Davis points out that the writers of these books considered wisdom--and the fruits of wisdom, a well-ordered life and a peaceful mind--to be within the grasp of anyone wholeheartedly desiring it.
Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Feb 20, 2004
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Westminster Bible Companion
ISBN 0664255221 ISBN13 9780664255220
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More About Ellen F. Davis & Harold Davis
Ellen F. Davis is the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. Her previous books include Wondrous Depth: Preaching the Old Testament and (with Richard B. Hays) The Art of Reading Scripture.
Austin McIver Dennis is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Asheville, North Carolina. He has extensive prior ministry experience and recently earned a ThD degree in homiletics and reconciliation from Duke Divinity School.
Ellen F. Davis currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Ellen F. Davis has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke University, North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs (Westminster Bible Companion)?
read it for the Song of Songs commentary alone Dec 6, 2005
For centuries, rabbinic and Christian interpreters of the mysterious poem, Song of Songs, have argued over whether the dialogue is a mystical conversation between Israel/the believer and God on the one hand, or an erotic exchange between two human lovers on the other. Ellen Davis brilliantly and beautifully cuts through this false divide by showing how the Song is both these and more: a three-level presentation of the restored relationships between the people of God (Israel) and their lover (God); between human men and women (healing the rift from the Garden of Eden) and between Israel and the Land. With Davis' commentary, readers will suddenly experience the depth of this classic poem opened up with the spaciousness of the vast plains and the intimacy of the marital bed.
A rare commentary that combines scholarly precision with faith-filled sensitivity to the importance and power of the biblical Word. Not only that, it's very readable by ordinary, literate people, not just scholars or pastors.
Exquisite Religious Reading of the Text Feb 19, 2005
Ellen Davis is one of those rare scholars who is willing to go outside the mainstream to provide new and tantalizing interpretation of the Bible. Thinking particularly of her work on the Song of Songs, she gives a sensitive analysis that explores the religious metaphors of the Book. Rather than thinking of the Song as the least biblical of the Bible books, she argues that it is the most biblical of books. For example, the verse,"your nose is the tower of Lebanon" makes sense once you grasp that Lebanon is an exchange word for Jerusalem...since the temple of Solomon was built primarily from Lebanon wood. Unfortunately, some modern scholars refuse to even consider a religious reading of the Song...as if the great church and rabbinical thinkers were fools.
Ellen Davis is correct that the rich imagery is closely linked INTERTEXTUALLY with other works of scripture. (Put another way, the Song of Solomon is written in the language of the Bible...not just Hebrew but in the language of the Bible). Once that point is understood, the Song becomes much more exciting to listen to. Hands down, this is one of the best books on the subject. Indeed, the author is the preeminent scholar on the ecological/spiritual aspects of the Song. Highly recommended.