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The books of Ecclesiastes
and First and Second Peter
have been added to Virginia Theological Seminary's (VTS) online Bible Briefs
collection, a series of tract-size, highly readable pamphlets introducing the books of Scripture. Offered in collaboration with Forward Movement
, Bible Briefs
is a long-term project that aims to produce texts to all 66 books of the Bible.
tract is written by Dr. Brian C. Jones, associate professor of religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He is the author of Howling over Moab: Irony and Rhetoric in Isaiah 15 & 16
and a contributor to the New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible
"The book of Ecclesiastes
emphasizes the fleeting and sometimes absurd nature of human existence as well as the opportunity we have to enjoy life while we can," writes Jones. "The message of Ecclesiastes
provides a vivid reminder of both our transience and of the joy available to us when we gather to eat and drink, sustained by God's gifts.
The Bible Briefs
pamphlets on First and Second Peter
were written by Dr. Jim West, adjunct professor of Biblical Studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology and pastor of Petros Baptist Church, in Petros, Tennessee. He has written a number of books and articles and serves as Language Editor for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament.
and Second Peter
are usually assigned to the hinterlands of biblical exposition, viewed by many along the lines of 'strange little stepbrothers' to the more well known letters of Paul, the Gospels, and Acts. This is unfortunate in that these two short letters are replete with theological gold.
The Bible Briefs
are offered on the VTS web site free of charge.Forward Movement Publications
is an agency of the Episcopal Church which publishes the quarterly devotional guide Forward Day by Day
and nearly 400 others pieces of devotional material for individuals and parishes.
Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and 5 different countries, for service in the Church