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Ecclesiastes and Peter Added to Virginia Seminary’s Bible Briefs Collection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Susan Shillinglaw
Tel: 703-461-1764
Email: sshillinglaw@vts.edu

Alexandria, VA - 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.

The Ecclesiastes 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.

States West,"First 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
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