Item description for Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (Westminster Bible Companion) by Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos...
Overview According to this well-known author, today's readers find much that is familiar in Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther, including the message of God's faithfulness in the face of prejudice, sexism, and patriarchy.
According to this well-known author, today's readers find much that is familiar in Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, including the message of God's faithfulness in the face of prejudice, sexism, and patriarchy.
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: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1998
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Westminster Bible Companion
ISBN 0664255973 ISBN13 9780664255978
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More About Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos
Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos is the Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She holds degrees from Leiden University, The Netherlands (M.Div., M.Phil.) and Union Theological Seminary, New York (M.Phil, Ph.D.). Dr. Bos is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and engages herself with issues of justice for women and disadvantaged groups locally and in the global arena. A pioneering woman in theological teaching, she was the only woman in 1976 to receive a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York and the first woman to receive academic tenure at Louisville Seminary.
Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos currently resides in Louisville, in the state of Kentucky. Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos was born in 1940.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther (Westminster Bible Companion)?
Liberal Theological Views-- Not for conservative Christians Jul 30, 2007
I have First & Second Samuel in this series and found it very well written by Eugene Peterson. I was looking for something with an overview of the books of Ezra-Esther written with a similar conservative position and was disappointed with this work.
It comes from a liberal standpoint and does not reflect my views, for example when Esther kept her Jewish roots a secret in the beginning with the King, Van Wijk-Bos writes "Today, in may Christian communities gay and lesbian folk experience this forced cover-up of who they really are. The harm done by compelled existence 'in the closet' is devastating. Esther, for example, has to be sure every moment that she measures up to standards she does not fully know and that are not set by the commmunity of her natural alliance. She is 'diferent' and must not let on to this difference at peril of her life".
God's Word isn't even slightly ambiguous about it's stance on homosexuality- it's a sin in the eyes of God. I of course am not advocating that people "stay in the closet" and try to "blend in", but they can come to the power of the cross and receive deliverance through the power released in the new-birth and renewal of their mind with God's Word. I understand this isn't popular or PC in these days, but God's Word is never outdated or culturally relevant-- God has created His own counter-culture called 'The Kingdom of God'.
Works like this don't help me with my message preparation except to make crystal clear to me that this same false liberal world viewpoint has infiltrated the ranks of those who write commentaries and Christian literature.
Please understand that i'm not trying to be overly harsh or critical, I just want to stay true to the teaching of God's Word and to let you know that if you decide to purchase this, know what it is first before you make a mistake and spend God's resources on something you weren't expecting. God Bless and guide you.