Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther
Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013 pp. 144. $14.95
New Collegeville Bible Commentary, 24
Irene Nowell's lively and thoughtful exploration of these poetic and powerful books promises to ignite appreciation and understanding in the hearts and minds of readers. The five books abound with vivid stories of faith. The Song of Songs, dedicated to Solomon, celebrates the wonder of human love. The book of Ruth, a masterpiece of storytelling, tells of two valiant women who move from emptiness to fullness, desolation to redemption. Lamentations, telling of the destruction of Jerusalem, recognizes that the Lord has struck and that only the Lord can heal. Ecclesiastes teaches the futility of vanity and storing up riches. The book of Esther tells the story of a Jewish woman and her uncle who, by their courage and wit, deliver the Jews from threatened genocide.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Ecclesiastes/Qoheleth, Writings, Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches
Review by Stephen J. Bennett
Citation: Stephen J. Bennett, review of Irene Nowell, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
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