Item description for Shepherd's Notes: Ephesians (Shepherds Notes #33) by Dana Gould & David R. Shepherd...
Overview Shepherd's Notes give easy access to the Bible - one book at a time. They are not meant to be a substitute for the biblical text; rather, they are study guides intended to help you explore the wisdom of Scriptures in personal or group study. Shepherd's Notes guide you through both the main themes of each book of the Bible and illuminate details through commentary and reference notes. Historical and cultural background information brings the Bible into sharper focus. Six different icons, used throughout the series, call your attention to historical-cultural information, Old and New Testament references, word pictures, unit summaries, and personal application for everyday life.
Publishers Description You grew up using the well known black and yellow striped Cliff's Notes to help you grasp everything from great literary works to algebra. Unfortunately, what "Cliff" forgot was the greatest literary work in history: the complete Holy Bible. Enjoy the ease of understanding the Bible like never before, book by book. Shepherd's notes helps reader's learn about the inspired authors of the Bible books and when and where they were first penned. Each Bible book is revealed in simple understandable steps that outline and underscore the focal points and personalities of the biblical text. You'll look to these unique books for their use in Bible studies, teaching, personal devotions and even in sermon preperation Christian and home schools will find Shepherd's Notes an invaluable resource.
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1998
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Series Shepherds Notes
Series Number 33
ISBN 0805493271 ISBN13 9780805493276
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More About Dana Gould & David R. Shepherd
Dana Gould was born in 1951.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Shepherd's Notes: Ephesians?
"Easy" and "quick" are not always good Jul 17, 2003
"Ephesians" is part of the Shepherd's Notes series. Dana Gould is credited as editor of this book, which is basically a short study guide to the New Testament epistle of Paul to the Ephesians. The book includes a supplement on the life and ministry of Paul, a map of Paul's world, a 2-page bibliography, and pages at the end of the book in which the reader can write his or her own notes. The text is enlivened by sidebar notes with icon keys.
The "How to Use This Book" section boasts that this volume should make study of Ephesians "time-saving,""easy,""quick," etc. And that may be part of the problem of this book; it oversimplifies many of the complex issues that I feel surround this text. Rather than challenge the reader to struggle with complexity and ambiguity, this book spoon-feeds the reader predigested mush.
Although there is some interesting information along the way, much of the text feels like I've seen or heard it dozens of times before. At times the book is painfully obvious. Example: "Shoes are important to the foot soldier."
The author goes for the easiest and most literal interpretations regarding such complex issues as slavery and husband-wife relationships. I found the section on slavery particularly shallow; the book really glosses over an issue of biblical interpretation that challenged the Christian world for a long and divisive time. Overall, a disappointing book. For a better perspective on Christianity and slavery in particular, I recommend two essential primary texts: "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" and Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."