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Overview Insightful and humorous profiles of more than 125 of the Bible's holiest and most profane people--and one whale--from the celebrated author of Listening to Your Life. "Frederick Buechner is one of our finest writers".--Annie Dillard. 107 line drawings.
Publishers Description In this second book of his popular lexical trilogy, Frederick Buechner profiles more than 125 of the Bible's most holy and profane people -- and one whale. In his lively and witty prose, Buechner brings to life such moments from scripture as: Adam's pangs of regret for a remembered Eden
Delilah's last glimpse of Samson as they dragged him away
Lazarus's first impressions upon rising from the dead
To read Peculiar Treasures is to realize that many of these legendary figures are not who we thought they were. But they are -- in their human dreams, ambitions, and imperfections -- very much like us.
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Peculiar Treasure: A Biblical Whose Who Sep 5, 2005
Good book for anyone, I use it in my classroom to give my students more information on certain Biblical characters.
An nice sequel to "Wishful Thinking" Jul 25, 2002
"Peculiar Treasures" is Buechner's second in a trilogy of lexicon-style expositions, this time focusing on Biblical characters. Including some virtual unknowns alongside the "heavyweights", Buechner examines each person and tries to discover what makes them unique. Since the Biblical characters might not always be immediately familiar to the reader, there is necessarily increased length to the entries, and thus fewer entries, relative to Buechner's other two books in this series. While not quite as good as "Wishful Thinking", this book is still excellent and thought-provoking.
Thoughts to Ponder Dec 7, 2001
Having enjoyed Mr. Buechner's biblical fiction, I also picked up this volume of his musings on the people of the Bible. I wasn't disappointed.
I don't know if I would recommend it as a who's who to non Christians who want a quick reference - some of the entries don't make sense if you don't know your Bible - but for those who do, it's an often amusing reflection on our faith. It's also sometimes profound. Some of my favorites - Why do discussions of David and Jonathan anymore seem to revolve around whether or not they were gay and miss the point of their wonderful friendship? What would Uriah have to say about his murder if he could chat with us now? Was Gabriel as scared as Mary during the Annunciation? What happened if, as is likely, Jesus and Judas met again when Jesus descended into hell?
This is one to keep next to your Bible. Mr. Buechner's worldview is comforting and compassionate, and this volume speaks as a little gospel light.
See these Characters brought to life Jun 20, 2001
Buechner brings out the insightful traits of many Bible Characters. Each sketch prompts thought and creates a desire to meet these people and ask them questions.
After reading these sketches you will never read another name in the Bible without thinking who this person was in real life.
The Human Element of the Bible Sep 18, 1999
In Peculiar Treasures, vastly underappreciated theologian and novelist Frederick Buechner blows the dust off of well-known, as well as some quite obscure, people from the Bible. In doing this, Buechner breathes life into these voices from the past, such as I have never seen or read before. He has the enviable knack for seeing far beneath the surface of the Bible, and taking the reader with him to show you what he has found there. As with most of Buechner's works, Peculiar Treasures is best taken in bite-size morsels, with a great deal of meditation in-between on what he has brought to the table. It may not turn out to be Buechner's best work, but I personally found it to be a wonderful place to start.