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  • Message Of Esther

    $20.00

    The book of Esther tells the dramatic story of how the destruction of the Jews was averted through the bravery of Esther, the wisdom of Mordecai, and the unity of the Jewish people. Yet Esther is a rather strange book to find in the Bible. Not only is it set entirely outside of the Promised Land, it also shows no interest in that land. More than that, Esther is the only book in the Bible that definitely does not mention God, and it avoids any obviously religious language.

    Nevertheless, Esther does have a developed theology. In this BST volume, David Firth explores this paradoxically important book and its implications for our own context, where the reality of God’s presence is experienced against a backdrop of God’s relative anonymity and seeming absence. Using brilliant satire and subtle scriptural allusions, the book of Esther offers us a model for dealing with a world where Christians are frequently a minority voice. It calls us to courageously engage society and be at the forefront of standing for justice, all while trusting in the God who is always at work.

    Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Esther offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This edition features lightly updated language and a new interior design.

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  • Message Of Nehemiah

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    The book of Nehemiah is about starting over again. Nehemiah, one of Israel’s great leaders, tells firsthand the powerful story of rebuilding ancient Jerusalem’s walls after the exile. In the face of great odds, this rebuilding represented the people’s renewal of faith, their overcoming of national shame, and the reformation of their conduct.

    In this volume, Raymond Brown vividly sketches Nehemiah’s historical and social setting and demonstrates the book’s striking relevance for today. He explores the dominant themes of Nehemiah’s doctrine of God, passion for Scripture, experience of prayer, and example of leadership. In describing Nehemiah the man, Brown concludes, He must surely be regarded as one of the most inventive and resilient personalities in the rich tapestry of Old Testament biography.

    Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Nehemiah offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text.

    This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language and Scripture quotations with a new interior design.

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  • Message Of Ezra And Haggai

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    Few sermons or Bible studies focus on Ezra or Haggai, two brief Old Testament books named for relatively unknown figures. But the message of both of these books–their emphasis on building for God, obedience to his Word, and openness to his Spirit–is one that needs to be heard clearly today. In this Bible Speaks Today volume, Robert Fyall’s pairing of Ezra with Haggai enhances our appreciation of each. The background to the books is the exile of Judah to Babylon and the return from exile following the edict of Cyrus. Ezra narrates the history of the period, while Haggai records a prophet’s exhortation to the people who had ceased building the temple because of external opposition and internal failure of nerve. Throughout these chapters we see how the greater purposes of God provide encouragement to God’s people in dispiriting times. Fyall highlights parallels between the challenges Israel faced and those of today’s church, demonstrating the relevance of the books of Ezra and Haggai for God’s people in all times. With passage-by-passage exposition of the biblical text, this resource will be helpful for pastors, teachers, and anyone who wants to dive deeper into these seldom-discussed Old Testament books. This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language and Scripture quotations with a new interior design.

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  • Message Of Chronicles

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    Michael Wilcock sees Chronicles first and foremost as a sermon. Its object: to foster a right relationship between God and his people.

    The Chronicler finds in the records of Israel the great overall pattern of God’s hand in history. The Lord’s constant mercy, love, and faithfulness shine through. With great perception, the Chronicler first selects and then proclaims this vibrant pattern, highlighted in the living events of the nation’s history. Once we grasp its purpose, the book comes alive. It can be seen as nothing less than a final and momentous look back over the entire Old Testament. In this commentary Wilcock shows how the various characters appearing in Chronicles make vivid the truths by which the Lord’s people in every generation are to live. Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Chronicles offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This beautifully redesigned edition has also been sensitively updated with more current references and the NRSV Bible text.

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  • Message Of Job

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    Why do people suffer? What is God’s role in suffering? How can we help those who suffer?

    The book of Job is all about human suffering. Its portrayal of one man’s anguish, the ineffective responses of his friends, and his struggle for faith and understanding mirrors our own experiences in the world.

    David Atkinson offers a pastoral exploration of Job’s story. His compelling exposition shows the power of the book of Job to reach into our human situation and engage with our human needs. It offers, he believes, the strong comfort that comes from knowing someone else has been there before. The message of Job is both a comfort to us in our own suffering and a model for our ministry to others in pain.

    Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Job offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text.

    This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language and current NIV Scripture quotations with a new interior design.

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  • Message Of Kings

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    At the beginning of 1 Kings, Solomon’s reign brought peace, prosperity, dynamic international trade, and a magnificent center of worship. By the end of 2 Kings, the people faced a complete reversal: they and their king were in exile, and Jerusalem and the temple lay in ruins.

    How can this story, told by the very people who suffered the defeat, be of value today? In this Bible Speaks Today volume, John Olley shows how the two books of Kings retell the past as preached history, addressing the exilic situation of the original readers. Within the account of paths leading to short-term success but ultimate failure, there are pointers of hope, of God’s continuing purposes and promises, and of the people’s response. In rich and often surprising ways, the narrative in Kings is part of the history that has shaped the faith of Christian believers. Everyday life, along with the turmoil of national and global events, is the arena in which God’s people are called to worship, trust, and obey him. The books of 1 and 2 Kings continue to throw light on these issues for readers in every generation. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text.

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  • Message Of Samuel

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    In the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, we witness the transition of Israel from tribal confederacy to established monarchy. And, as Mary Evans shows in this passage-by-passage commentary, during such a transition questions of identity and power are unavoidable.

    In the aftermath of the decline of the judges, priests abuse their priestly privileges; Israelites covet the centralized authority of their ungodly neighbors; and a throne is won, forsaken, redeemed, lost, and found again. Throughout this era we see, hidden behind the faults and failings of Israel’s best and brightest, the faithfulness of a God who looks on the heart and directs the path of every king and kingdom. Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Samuel offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This edition features the current NIV Bible text and a new interior design.

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  • Message Of Ruth

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    The book of Ruth tells the story of ordinary people facing ordinary events.

    We meet Naomi, who went through famine and bereavement but eventually won peace and security. We meet Ruth, a foreign woman from Moab who chose faithfulness to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and to Naomi’s God. And we meet Boaz, who by marrying Ruth fitted into God’s purposes for history. Both King David and Jesus are numbered among their descendants. Theologically the story of Ruth is a story about God’s providence, as David Atkinson demonstrates clearly in his passage-by-passage exposition. Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Ruth offers insightful, readable commentary on the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This beautifully redesigned edition has also been sensitively updated with more current references and the NRSV Bible text In the new New Testament volumes, the commentary on each section of the text is structured under three headings: Context, Comment, and Theology. The goal is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain.

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  • Message Of Judges

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    The book of Judges contains some of the most famous of the Bible’s stories, as well as some of the least known.

    They show us the deepest sins of humanity but reveal them in the light of God’s abundant grace. Behind human leaders such as Deborah, Jephthah, and Samson stands the principal actor in this drama: God as Judge, discerning and deciding. Michael Wilcock astutely explores the message of Judges to show that God never abandons his people–then or now. In this Bible Speaks Today commentary, Wilcock illuminates the meaning that Judges still holds for us today as a story of God’s grace. The Judge of all ensures that his people will never manage to destroy themselves, even though it may look as if they are on course for disaster. Part of the loved and trusted Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Judges offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how it relates to contemporary life. Used by Bible students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for anyone studying or preaching Scripture and those who want to delve deeper into the text. This beautifully redesigned edition has also been sensitively updated to include modern references and use the NRSV Bible text.

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  • Message Of Deuteronomy

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    No Old Testament book has exerted a greater influence on the formation of both Jewish and Christian thought and practice than Deuteronomy.

    It presents the final message of Moses to the people of Israel, providing foundational theology for the rest of Scripture. When we read Deuteronomy today, we hear Moses address us as a future generation of the covenant people of God. The challenges and needs faced by the Israelites still resonate with believers in every new era. Raymond Brown’s The Message of Deuteronomy guides Christians to hear and appreciate the timeless relevance of this ancient message. Brown’s compilation of historical and biblical background complements his even-handed, insightful commentary while maintaining a readable style. Uncover the choice between blessings and curses, life and death laid out in Deuteronomy. This revised edition of a classic Bible Speaks Today volume features lightly updated language, current NIV Scripture quotations, and a new interior design.

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  • Message Of Numbers

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    What does it mean to be pilgrims in a confusing world?

    What vision of the good life drives us? In this Bible Speaks Today volume, Raymond Brown explores how the book of Numbers offers a picture of a better life. He shows how its message is eminently suited to our world today, a world without firm spiritual and moral foundations. Numbers pictures life as an accompanied journey, and not a meaningless maze. We see how God provides for the basic needs of life: to be loved, to be free, to be certain. Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Numbers offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language, current NIV Scripture quotations, and a new interior design.

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  • Message Of Leviticus

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    For many Christians, the book of Leviticus is largely unknown and unread.

    Yet this book is crucial for understanding the rest of the Bible and the nature of the gospel. In this Bible Speaks Today volume, Derek Tidball shows how this vital part of Scripture is of foundational importance for our view of God and Christian living. Revealing the original message to the people of Israel in their day, he makes room for us to grasp its message to us in our day. Tidball demonstrates how Leviticus serves as a preliminary sketch of the masterpiece that was to be unveiled in Christ, testifying to a faith of grace, love, and gratitude–and one that sets God’s people free to be holy. Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Exodus offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language, current NIV Scripture quotations, and a new interior design.

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  • Message Of Genesis 12-50

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    Genesis sets the scene for the whole of the Bible, and indeed the entire human drama.

    It is a book both of beginnings and of a new beginning–the dawn of the gospel. In this Bible Speaks Today commentary, Joyce G. Baldwin shows how the vivid narratives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph still speak to us today, highlighting God’s ways of dealing with ordinary, imperfect people in fulfilling his great plan for the whole of humanity. Baldwin explores the meaning Genesis 12-50 offers Christians today–and how the often painful experiences it relates help us to better know the character of the God we worship. Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Genesis 12-50 offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This beautifully redesigned edition has also been sensitively updated with more current references and the NRSV Bible text.

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  • Message Of Genesis 1-11

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    Where do we come from? What is our purpose? The key to how and why we are is found in the early chapters of Genesis.

    In The Message of Genesis 1-11, David Atkinson explores how the first eleven chapters serve as an overture to the rest of the Bible. They evoke wonder as God is portrayed in his creative power and beauty. They reveal God’s loving mercy and salvation, even in his terrible judgment of those who turn from him and despoil the harmony of creation. With vivid insight, this Bible Speaks Today commentary illuminates how the meaning of Genesis is still resonant today–helping us understand both the greatness and the tragic flaw inherent in human beings. Although it was written thousands of years ago, the message of Genesis is one of timely urgency for the modern world: we are responsible participants in God’s creation who must, like Noah, confront the possibility of global catastrophe. Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Genesis 1-11 offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This beautifully redesigned edition has also been sensitively updated with more current references and the NRSV Bible text.

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  • Message Of James

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    The apostle James addressed his readers directly and pointedly, using vivid images from ordinary life and attention-gripping statements.

    His letter reveals how a genuine faith is a tested faith, and how encountering difficulties is an essential part of the growth to Christian maturity. In this Bible Speaks Today volume, J. A. Motyer’s rich exposition brings James’s letter to life for today’s readers. Motyer is himself gripped by James’s energy and concern for practical Christianity. He draws out James’s memorable themes: the link between enduring trials and maturity; the good gifts of God; faith, works, and Christian concern in a world of human need; the implications of careless and evil words; the church and healing; confession of sin; the need for active purity in life; and more. This revised edition of a classic BST volume includes a new interior design, lightly updated language, and updated Scripture quotations throughout.

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  • Message Of Jeremiah

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    General Preface
    Preface
    Select Bibliography
    Introduction
    1. The Beginning — And The End (1:1-3)
    2. Jeremiah’s Appointment As Prophet (1:4-19)
    3. From Honeymoon To Divorce (2:1 — 3:5)
    4. Turn, Turn, Turn (3:6 — 4:4)
    5. Disaster From The North (4:5 — 6:30)
    6. The Temple Sermon (7:1 — 8:3)
    7. Tears In Heaven (8:4 — 10:25)
    8. Broken Covenant And Broken Hearts (11:1 — 12:17)
    9. An Unwearable People And An Unbearable Future (13:1-27)
    10. Too Late! Too Late! (14:1 — 15:9)
    11. The Pit Of Self-pity (15:10-21)
    12. Silver-lined Loneliness (16:1-21)
    13. Heart Searching (17:1-27)
    14. Pots And Plots (18:1 — 20:6)
    15. Perplexed But Not In Despair; Persecuted But Not Abandoned (20:7-18)
    16. Kings Alive And Dead And Yet To Be Born (21:1 — 23:8)
    17. Prophets Not On A Mission From God (23:9-40)
    18. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (24:1 — 25:39)
    19. Half Time
    20. Dramatic Public Encounters (26:1 — 28:17)
    21. Letter To The Exiles (29:1-32)
    22. The Surprises Of Grace (30:1 — 31:1)
    23. The Strengths Of Love (31:2-30)
    24. The New Covenant (31:31-40)
    25. Field Of Dreams (32:1 — 33:26)
    26. Promise-breakers And Promise-keepers (34:1 — 35:19)
    27. God’s Word: In The Fire But Not Consumed (36:1-32)
    28. God’s Prophet: In The Pit But Not Silenced (37:1 — 38:28)
    29. The Fall Of Jerusalem (39:1 — 41:18)
    30. Death On The Nile (42:1 — 44:30)
    31. Baruch’s Signature (45:1-5)
    32. Shaking The Nations (46:1 — 49:39)
    33. Sinking Babylon (50:1 — 51:64)
    34. The End — And A Small Beginning (52:1-34)

    Additional Info
    A replacement volume in the Bible Speaks Today Old Testament commentary series, this book offers a new exposition on the book of Jeremiah.

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  • Message Of Daniel

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    A replacement volume in the Bible Speaks Today Old Testament commentary series, Dale Ralph Davis’s The Message of Danieloffers a reliable exposition of the visionary book of Daniel for pastors and lay commentary readers.

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  • Message Of Numbers

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    Numbers is one of the “lost” books of the Bible–lost because it is neglected by many Christians.

    Named for its two “numberings,” or censuses, of Israel–the generation that left Egypt and the generation that entered the land of promise–Numbers frames a fascinating account of the pilgrim people Israel learning to trust God.

    Readers are frequently puzzled by the dazzling variety of literature that makes up this book and wonder how to make sense of the whole. But in this thorough exposition of Numbers, Raymond Brown discloses the careful design and message of Numbers. He shows how God provides for the basic needs of the ideal life: to be loved, to be free, to be certain. Further, Brown highlights the rich theological themes of Numbers, untangles its meaning for today’s readers and shows its enduring relevance for God’s people.

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  • Message Of Jonah

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    The book of Jonah is mostly remembered for its oddity–a runaway prophet swallowed by a whale!

    But there must be more to the book than that. And indeed there is. For one thing, it is a book artfully constructed, with one chapter devoted to a psalm. It is a book that will reward careful reading and meditation.

    But more than that, in the drama of Jonah we find charted the course not just of this angular prophet but of Isreal’s attitude toward its most despised neighbor in the Mediterranean world. Jonah refuses to answer God’s call to go and proclaim judgement because he knows God is just the kind of God who respond in mercy and grace should the Assyrians repent. Jonah will have no part of it–until he is compelled. And even then he pitties himself.

    The irony of this prophet’s story is amusing–but it reaches out and touches us where we are today. Rosemary Nixon’s exposition explores the book in its own right and helps us make the connections with our veiw of God and his world today.

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  • Message Of Deuteronomy

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    In Deuteronomy Moses speaks as a futurist, forecasting the challenges that coming generations of Israel will face and applying God’s covenant word to new situations. Reading Deuteronomy is like standing with Israel before Moses. He addresses us as a future generation of the covenant people of God who have passed over Jordan into the good land-and yet still struggle with temptations and opposing forces. In The Message of Deuteronomy Raymond Brown guides Christians to hear and appreciate the timeless relevance of this message from the plains of Moab. God’s Law comes alive again as a guide to good living, as a call to wholehearted repentance, and as a promise of healing restoration under God’s merciful hand. Raymond Brown is former principal of Spurgeon’s College in London. He has recently retired from serving as pastor of Victoria Baptist Church in Eastbourne, England, to devote himself to writing and speaking.

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  • Message Of Judges

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    To Christian readers Judges is interesting, sometimes inspiring, but also puzzling. What message should we take from it? How are we to understand the ambiguous spirituality of the judges themselves? What was God doing during this wayward period between Joshua and Samuel? With wit,insight and sensitivity to the narrator’s art, Wilcock answers these and other questions. God himself is the Judge, he argues, who transcends the uncertain record of human judges. God is always ready to respond to those who call on him, he takes the initiative and uses raw human resources to preserve Israel from her enemies and shape the nation for his purpose. Michael Wilcock is former director of pastoral studies at Trinity College, Bristol, and is currently vicar of St. Nicholas’ Church, Durham.

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  • Message Of Genesis 1-11

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    The message of Genesis by David Atkinson is an Evangelical exposition of the first 11 chapters of Genesis. This is the first of two volumes covering Genesis in The Bible Speaks Today series. Atkinson jumps right into his comments on the scripture without any introductory statements. His comments are based on his scholastic work at Oxford University but are written for teachers or lay people. This is a good informative and devotional work. David Atkinson is fellow and chaplain of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and author of a number of books.

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  • Message Of Ecclesiastes

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    Is life merely a wisp of vapour, a puff of wind, a mere breath – nothing you can get your hands on – the nearest thing to zero? So says the Preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes. But is this the whole message of Ecclesiastes? With imagination and clarity Derek Kidner introduces this Old Testament book which speaks so powerfully to our generation. His love of Hebrew poetry and his understanding of the biblical mind shine through in his careful passage-by-passage exposition. The full biblical text is included. Derek Kidner is former warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge, and has written numerous commentaries on Old Testament books.

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