Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther (häftad)
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Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther

Volume 24

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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. Gathered together and artfully explored, this volume offers readers a wealth of information to inspire deeper understanding of the human journey and God's presence in the lives of those who trust in him.
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Sr. Irene Nowell is an engaging, perceptive, articulate and astute teacher and reader of biblical texts. Her commentaries on the Megilloth display the literary artistry of the text, as well as the theological and spiritual riches to be found in them. One of Nowells finest gifts is her ability to take complex and intricate ideas and express them in ways that are both engaging and enlightening. These commentaries provide gems of information and insight to enhance ones appreciation of these rich biblical texts. Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., Conception Abbey/Conception Seminary College These particular biblical books are important because they deal with such perennial issues as love, marriage, immigration, tyranny, persecution, war and defeat, as well as our varied religious attitudes toward them, ranging from skepticism and doubt to faith and trust. Important as they are, though, they are not easy to read. Nowell brings an eye for narrative and poetic detail to deal with difficulties in these texts, to explain unfamiliar customs, and to open up the meaning of these books. With her ability to clarify issues by examples that are close to home, readers will have a new appreciation for these texts. Fr. Tom McCreesh, OP Professor of Old Testament Studies Providence College

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Irene Nowell, OSB, is a Benedictine of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, where she has lived for almost sixty years. An accomplished theologian and biblical scholar, Nowell is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and the author of Numbers (of the New Collegeville Bible Commentary); Sing a New Song: The Psalms in the Sunday Lectionary; Women in the Old Testament; and Pleading, Cursing, Praising; all published by Liturgical Press. She is also a member of the editorial board of Give Us This Day (Liturgical Press).


CONTENTS Abbreviations 5 Introduction 7 THE SONG OF SONGS Introduction 9 Text and Commentary 11 A Declaration of Love (Song of Songs 1:1-6) 11 A Conversation between the Lovers (Song of Songs 1:72:7) 12 Her Lovers Visit Remembered (Song of Songs 2:8-17) 14 Loss and Discovery (Song of Songs 3:1-5) 17 Solomons Wedding Procession (Song of Songs 3:6-11) 18 The Beauty of the Woman (Song of Songs 4:1-11) 19 The Lovers Garden (Song of Songs 4:125:1) 20 A Fruitless Search (Song of Songs 5:2-8) 21 The Lover Lost and Found (Song of Songs 5:96:3) 22 The Beauty of the Woman (Song of Songs 6:4-10) 24 Loves Meeting (Song of Songs 6:11-12) 25 The Beauty of the Beloved (Song of Songs 7:1-6) 25 Loves Desires (Song of Songs 7:78:4) 26 Reprise (Song of Songs 8:5-14) 28 THE BOOK OF RUTH Introduction 31 Text and Commentary 33 Naomi in Moab (Ruth 1:1-18) 33 The Return to Bethlehem (Ruth 1:19-22) 35 The Meeting (Ruth 2:1-23) 36 Ruth Again Presents Herself (Ruth 3:1-18) 41 Boaz Marries Ruth (Ruth 4:1-22) 43 THE BOOK OF LAMENTATIONS Introduction 48 Text and Commentary 50 The Desolation of Jerusalem (Lamentations 1:1-22) 50 The Lords Wrath and Zions Ruin (Lamentations 2:1-22) 54 The Voice of a Suffering Individual (Lamentations 3:1-66) 58 Miseries of the Besieged City (Lamentations 4:1-22) 62 The Communitys Lament to the Lord (Lamentations 5:1-22) 68 THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES Introduction 71 Text and Commentary 74 Setting the Theme (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11) 74 Qoheleths Investigation of Life (Ecclesiastes 1:126:9) 76 Qoheleths Conclusions (Ecclesiastes 6:1011:6) 88 Poem on Youth and Old Age (Ecclesiastes 11:712:8) 100 Epilogue (Ecclesiastes 12:9-14) 101 THE BOOK OF ESTHER Introduction 103 Text and Commentary 105 Prologue (Esther A:1-17) 105 Esther Becomes Queen (Esther 1:12:23) 107 Hamans Plot against the Jews (Esther 3:1-15; B:1-7) 113 Esther and Mordecai Plead for Help (Esther 4:15a; C:1D:16) 117 Hamans Downfall (Esther 5:b8:2) 123 Jewish Victory and the Feast of Purim (Esther 8:39:23; E:1-24) 128 Epilogue: The Rise of Mordecai (Esther 9:2410:3; F:1-11) 136 Review Aids and Discussion Topics 139 Index of Citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 142 Maps 143