Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament

Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament Description:

This is a book about getting and staying involved with God what it takes what it costs what it looks and feels like why anyone would want to do it anyway It is at the same time a book about reading the Old Testament as a source of Good News and guidance for our life with God The key piece of Good News that the Old Testament communicates over and over again is that God is involved with us deeply and irrevocably so from the Introduction With sound scholarship and her own vivid translations from the Hebrew Old Testament professor Ellen Davis teaches us a spiritually engaged method of reading scripture Beginning with the psalms whose frank prayers can be a model for our own Davis reflects on the stories of the patriarchs and the pastoral wisdom of the book of Job Proverbs Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs in helping us cultivate those habits of the heart that lead to a rich relationship with God

Rating: 3.39 out of 5

Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible

Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible Description:

This book examines the theology and ethics of land use especially the practices of modern industrialized agriculture in light of critical biblical exegesis Nine interrelated essays explore the biblical writers pervasive concern for the care of arable land against the background of the geography social structures and religious thought of ancient Israel This approach consistently brings out neglected aspects of texts both poetry and prose that are central to Jewish and Christian traditions Rather than seeking solutions from the past Davis creates a conversation between ancient texts and contemporary agrarian writers thus she provides a fresh perspective from which to view the destructive practices and assumptions that now dominate the global food economy The biblical exegesis is wide ranging and sophisticated the language is literate and accessible to a broad audience

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes Song of Songs

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes Song of Songs Description:

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 br br 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

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

Wondrous Depth

Wondrous Depth Description:

Ellen Davis is concerned by what she calls a shallow reading of Scripture a reading of what we think we already know instead of an attempt to dig deeper for new insights and revelations i Wondrous Depth i is a collection of essays in which Davis argues for a more engaged reading of Scripture that opens the reader up to new knowledge and understanding Davis also demonstrates that preaching and biblical interpretation are essentially related to one another in that it is essential for preachers to engage in thorough reading and interpretation of Scripture from the pulpit and to encourage their congregations to read the Bible with depth and sensitivity as well

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry

Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry Description:

In this fresh and expansive work Ellen Davis offers a comprehensive interpretation of the prophetic role and word in the Christian scriptures Davis carefully outlines five essential features of the prophetic role and then systematically examines seven representations of prophets and prophecies br br Thoroughly theological Davis s volume provides both instruction and insight for understanding prophecy in Christian tradition and discipleship This volume concludes with a rich discussion of practical matters including the relationship between Christian discipleship and prophetic interpretation and the role of biblical prophecy in interfaith contexts

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth Through Image and Text

Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth Through Image and Text Description:

In this annotated and illustrated translation of the book of Ruth Ellen Davis and Margaret Adams Parker demonstrate how translation and art can be complementary forms of biblical interpretation The three components of the book translation notes and images explore the story of Ruth as one of suffering and loss redeemed by steadfast faithfulness The translation is loyal to the original the notes reflect on Ruth s story literary form lexical choices and theological meaning and the woodcuts provide a stimulating running narrative

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

Preaching the Luminous Word: Biblical Sermons and Homiletical Essays

Preaching the Luminous Word: Biblical Sermons and Homiletical Essays Description:

i Insights from one of the most distinctive and eloquent scholar preachers of our time i br br Inviting serious theological engagement with texts from all parts of the Christian Bible i Preaching the Luminous Word i is a collection of fifty one sermons and five related essays from noted preacher and biblical scholar Ellen F Davis br br A brief preface to each sermon delineates its liturgical context and theological themes as well as distinctive elements of structure and style Arranged in canonical order the sermons treat a wide range of texts Torah Prophets Writings Gospels Epistles and Revelation They are complemented by essays on various aspects of biblical interpretation for preaching br br At once accessible theologically informed and rhetorically rich this volume will engage preachers teachers seminarians church leaders and serious lay readers

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Imagination Shaped: Old Testament Preaching in the Anglican Tradition

Imagination Shaped: Old Testament Preaching in the Anglican Tradition Description:

Davis has chosen five biblical preachers within the Anglican tradition and addresses the so called crisis in contemporary preaching its impoverished understanding of the meaning and uses of scripture This will be of special interest to seminarians and clergy in the Anglican tradition

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Swallowing the Scroll: Textuality and the Dynamics of Discourse in Ezekiel's Prophecy

Swallowing the Scroll: Textuality and the Dynamics of Discourse in Ezekiel's Prophecy Description:

In this original study Dr Davis argues that Ezekiel s place in the history of prophecy is overdue for reassessment As against current views that Ezekiel represents the collapse of prophetism into priestly and scribal forms she argues that something radically different in prophecy begins with Ezekiel Ezekiel represents the creation of a new literary idiom for prophecy He develops an archival speech form oriented less toward current events than to reshaping the tradition He has taken a step backward from direct confrontation with an audience as the basic dynamic of communication and has made the medium of prophecy not the person of the prophet but the text Like the postexilic prophets Ezekiel participated in the transformation of the social role of prophecy and thereby saved himself from oblivion

Rating: 3.30 out of 5