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Alexandria, VA – – The books of Proverbs and Jonah 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 Proverbs addition to the Bible Briefs collection was written by the Dr. Randall Heskett, founding president of the California Wholeness Institute. He holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the University of Toronto and is the author of Messianism within the Scriptural Scroll of Isaiah and editor of the forthcoming volume, The Bible as a Human Witness to Divine Revelation.
“Proverbs partakes in cross-cultural dialog,” writes Heskett. “The compilers of the Old Testament incorporated ancient Israelite wisdom in their collection, including the book of Proverbs, in order to provide ways for Israel to take part in this more international, worldly, and human side of revelation.”
The Bible Briefs pamphlet on Jonah was written by the Rev. Dr. Karen A. H. Wacome, the founding pastor of Church of the Savior, an Episcopal Church in Orange City, Iowa. She also teaches biblical studies for the E-Seminary in the Diocese of Iowa, and is currently a visiting professor in Old Testament at Northwestern College in Orange City.
States Wacome, “If what first comes to mind when you think of the prophet Jonah is that he was swallowed by a whale, then prepare to think about him in an entirely different way. For Jonah is a most unusual prophet. Unlike Hosea, Jeremiah, or John the Baptist, for that matter, whose fearsome utterances send chills down our spines, Jonah is someone with whom we can identify.”
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. Write or call (800-543-1813) for a catalog, or visit the Forward Movement website at www.forwardmovement.org.
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 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church.