The Uses of Darkness

The Uses of Darkness

As much as the child fears the darkness, the deeply buried woman knows to
open herself to it. And it is from the embrace of the deeply buried woman and the
darkness that the divine child is born: it is only our intuition of the presence of
God in ...

Author: Laurie Brands Gagné

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 9780268159580

Category: Literary Criticism

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Laurie Brands Gagné believes the image of God as stern Father or Judge has done much damage over the centuries and has engendered a sense of shame and guilt, especially in women. She sees our own civilization as one that is cut off from the natural world and from the precious part of ourselves that is earthy and sensual. In The Uses of Darkness: Women's Underworld Journeys, Ancient and Modern, Gagné explores women's journeys through the underworld to reclaim the wisdom and sensuality contained in these stories for heirs of the God the Father tradition. She looks at the ancient stories of Inanna, Demeter, and Psyche and the reflections of these archetypal figures in the work of women such as Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Mary Gordon, Virginia Woolf, and Etty Hillesum to illustrate that the alternative tradition these journey stories represent has much to offer modern Christians. Gagné successfully demonstrates that only by turning to confront the mystery that has been obscured by the image of God as stern Father or Judge can a woman raised in the Christian tradition acquire a sense of self strong enough to integrate experiences of profound loss. Most importantly, by drawing on the wisdom of the goddess tradition, both men and women are able to effect a more meaningful reappropriation of Christianity. Gagné's examination of the dark experience of the underworld in the goddess tradition discovers the elements of all spiritual journeys: self-transcendence followed by self-transformation. Anyone who has struggled with love and loss and whose spirit has been suppressed by the image of God as Judge, yet who will not reject Christianity, will benefit from this work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Moral Uses of Dark Things

Moral Uses of Dark Things

the prison of darkness in which he has been lying chained and blinded , sees a
dawn arising on the world , and feels the morning - breath of truth and liberty .
What we have said , in this general way , of human advancement , as connected
 ...

Author: Horace Bushnell

Publisher:

ISBN: SRLF:A0003689593

Category: Ethics

Page: 360

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Categories: Ethics

Sacred Darkness

Sacred Darkness

This is because Quechua/Aymara people will use caves for temporary shelter
either when herds are being pastured far from home or during longdistance
caravans. Living in Dark Zones is not reported for any of the societies in the
sample.

Author: Holley Moyes

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781457117503

Category: Social Science

Page: 520

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Caves have been used in various ways across human society but despite the persistence within popular culture of the iconic caveman, deep caves were never used primarily as habitation sites for early humans. Rather, in both ancient and contemporary contexts, caves have served primarily as ritual spaces. In Sacred Darkness, contributors use archaeological evidence as well as ethnographic studies of modern ritual practices to envision the cave as place of spiritual and ideological power and a potent venue for ritual practice. Covering the ritual use of caves in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Mesoamerica, and the US Southwest and Eastern woodlands, this book brings together case studies by prominent scholars whose research spans from the Paleolithic period to the present day. These contributions demonstrate that cave sites are as fruitful as surface contexts in promoting the understanding of both ancient and modern religious beliefs and practices. This state-of-the-art survey of ritual cave use will be one of the most valuable resources for understanding the role of caves in studies of religion, sacred landscape, or cosmology and a must-read for any archaeologist interested in caves.
Categories: Social Science

The Dark Side of Family Communication

The Dark Side of Family Communication

John Gottman, a social psychologist and marital therapist, is a prime example of
someone who uses quantitative methods to study the dark aspects of family
communication. By assigning numerical codes to couples' conversations (e.g., ...

Author: Loreen N. Olson

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745647982

Category: Social Science

Page: 166

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This text provides for the first time in book form an exploration of the communicative aspects of the darker side of family life, ranging from, for example, severe acts of violence to more subtle forms of conflict. In addition to offering a working definition of the concept of the "dark side" in the family context, the authors propose the Darkness Model of Family Communication that integrates relevant literature in new and significant ways. Researchers, teachers and advanced students alike will benefit from the holistic and theoretical approach to the topic advanced through this volume. Readers are also encouraged to process the material by reviewing discussion questions and the case study of the Moore family at the end of each chapter. Chapter topics include: an overview of the "dark side" of family communication individual influences on the darkness of family communication the dark side of dyadic family life familial interaction structure and the dark side dark family communication in a context of darkness - socio-cultural influences on family life concluding reflections on the study of dark family communication The Dark Side of Family Communication offers an integrative understanding of the dark side of family communication and a theoretical mechanism for understanding related scholarship. It will be essential reading for all students and scholars of family communication.
Categories: Social Science

Master of Darkness

Master of Darkness

Damn! “I didn't miss the briefing on purpose.” He laid his palms flat on the table
and took a dramatic look around the coffee shop. They were the only ones there.
“Talk to me,” he urged. “Tell me everything.” He checked his watch. “And soon.

Author: Susan Sizemore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471105456

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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When vampire hunter Eden Faveau mistakes Laurent, a renegade vampire of Tribe Manticore, for her new partner, he's not about to correct her. He's stolen a laptop full of sensitive files from the Tribe leader, Justinian, and needs help cracking the encryption. At first he wants sexy and intelligent Eden only for her computer wizardry -- but soon he wants her for much, much more. Working by night and growing closer every day, Laurent and Eden struggle with the passion that threatens to overwhelm them. But when Justinian captures Eden, and Laurent proves his loyalty to his Tribe in the most shocking of ways, Eden vows to kill Laurent for his deception. Can he find a way to prove his love for her before a full-on war breaks out between vampires and humans?
Categories: Fiction

Things of Darkness

Things of Darkness

Through their uses of the dark / light dichotomy , women writers both speak to the
gender politics of fairness and articulate their own relationship to the primarily
male arena of travel and adventure . Women writers provide ample evidence of ...

Author: Kim F. Hall

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801482496

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

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The "Ethiope," the "tawny Tartar," the "woman blackamoore," and "knotty Africanisms"--allusions to blackness abound in Renaissance texts. Kim F. Hall's eagerly awaited book is the first to view these evocations of blackness in the contexts of sexual politics, imperialism, and slavery in early modern England. Her work reveals the vital link between England's expansion into realms of difference and otherness--through exploration and colonialism-and the highly charged ideas of race and gender which emerged. How, Hall asks, did new connections between race and gender figure in Renaissance ideas about the proper roles of men and women? What effect did real racial and cultural difference have on the literary portrayal of blackness? And how did the interrelationship of tropes of race and gender contribute to a modern conception of individual identity? Hall mines a wealth of sources for answers to these questions: travel literature from Sir John Mandeville's Travels to Leo Africanus's History and Description of Africa; lyric poetry and plays, from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest to Ben Jonson's Masque of Blackness; works by Emilia Lanyer, Philip Sidney, John Webster, and Lady Mary Wroth; and the visual and decorative arts. Concentrating on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Hall shows how race, sexuality, economics, and nationalism contributed to the formation of a modern ( white, male) identity in English culture. The volume includes a useful appendix of not readily accessible Renaissance poems on blackness.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Dark Imaginings

Dark Imaginings

The geographical space that the poem describes allows the ambiguity and
fluidity attached to darkness to operate upon those who come to inhabit it . Such
literally dark spaces abound in Byron ' s work . This chapter examines how Byron
uses ...

Author: Geoff Payne

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039113410

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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What does it mean to say that poetry is dark? How does the presence of darkness give meaning to literary works? Such questions sit at the centre of this study of Lord Byron, a man who has been characterised as intrinsically dark by generations of scholars. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of Byron's darkness, producing new and innovative readings of his poetry by exploring how darkness (both literal and figurative) helps to structure his work's ideological topography and facilitates the exchange of ideas between its different ideological systems. Canvassing a variety of issues relevant to a number of different manifestations of darkness, the study explores such diverse topics as the relationship between sublime aesthetics and the gendering of desire, the connection between darkness and Byron's Scottish nationalism and the influence of blackness on his engagement with the Orient. With such a broad focus in mind, it also engages with texts that represent Byron's oeuvre in its broadest sense, engaging not only with canonical texts such as Manfred and Don Juan, but also selections from Byron's juvenilia, the Oriental Tales and his letters and journals, as well as surveying the critical reviews that helped to influence the colour of his work and its later reception.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Darkness in the Bliss Out

Darkness in the Bliss Out

... The Uses of Enchantment, 145. Stanley Kubrick read this book and used it
extensively when working on A.I. See Harlan and Struthers, A.I. Artificial
Intelligence, 12–16. trying to instruct him to stay away from people. Both 198
DARKNESS IN ...

Author: James Kendrick

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441112507

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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While there has been a significant outpouring of scholarship on Steven Spielberg over the past decade, his films are still frequently discussed as being paternalistic, escapist, and reliant on uncomplicated emotions and complicated special effects. Even those who view his work favorably often see it as essentially optimistic, reassuring, and conservative. James Kendrick takes an alternate view of Spielberg's cinema and proposes that his films-even the most popular ones that seem to trade in easy answers and comforting, reassuring notions of cohesion and narrative resolution-are significantly darker and more emotionally and ideologically complex than they are routinely given credit for. Darkness in the Bliss-Out demonstrates, through close analysis of a wide range of Spielberg's films, that they are only reassuring on the surface, and that their depths embody a complex and sometimes contradictory view of the human condition.
Categories: Performing Arts

Passage of Darkness

Passage of Darkness

As an academic discipline, it has its roots in the numerous observations of
explorers and traders, missionaries, naturalists, anthropologists, and botanists
concerning the use of plants and animals by the seemingly exotic cultures of the
world.

Author: Wade Davis

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807887585

Category: Social Science

Page: 365

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In 1982, Harvard-trained ethnobotanist Wade Davis traveled into the Haitian countryside to research reports of zombies--the infamous living dead of Haitian folklore. A report by a team of physicians of a verifiable case of zombification led him to try to obtain the poison associated with the process and examine it for potential medical use. Interdisciplinary in nature, this study reveals a network of power relations reaching all levels of Haitian political life. It sheds light on recent Haitian political history, including the meteoric rise under Duvalier of the Tonton Macoute. By explaining zombification as a rational process within the context of traditional Vodoun society, Davis demystifies one of the most exploited of folk beliefs, one that has been used to denigrate an entire people and their religion.
Categories: Social Science

The Shock of Night The Darkwater Saga Book 1

The Shock of Night  The Darkwater Saga Book  1

“I have none that I can present, Your Majesty, only an instinct that tells me that an
enemy that uses darkness as this one does will use Bassolas to attack.” Laidir
nodded, his eyes narrowed in thought but noncommittal. “And what will this
enemy ...

Author: Patrick W. Carr

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441265463

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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Patrick Carr Launches a New Suspense-filled Fantasy Epic When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word. Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it's as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he's been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that's not supposed to exist. Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he's pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world--a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.
Categories: Fiction

The Uses of Paradox

The Uses of Paradox

The fact that the very same metaphors can figure both the ascetical and the
mystical uses of paradox also helps to conceal cognitive asceticism. In the
Christian tradition metaphors of light and darkness, derived from the dark cloud
on Sinai ...

Author: Matthew C. Bagger

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511858

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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In this groundbreaking comparative study, Matthew Bagger investigates the role of paradox in Western and Asian religious discourse. Drawing on both philosophy and social scientific theory, he offers a naturalistic explanation of religion's oft-noted propensity to sublime paradox and argues that religious thinkers employ intractable paradoxes as the basis for various techniques of self-transformation. Considering the writings of Kierkegaard, Pseudo-Dionysus, St. John of the Cross, N?g?rjuna, and Chuang-tzu, among others, Bagger identifies two religious uses of paradox: cognitive asceticism, which wields the psychological discomfort of paradox as an instrument of self-transformation, and mysticism, which seeks to transform the self through an alleged extraordinary cognition that ineffably comprehends paradox. Bagger contrasts these techniques of self-transformation with skepticism, which cultivates the appearance of contradiction in order to divest a person of beliefs altogether. Bagger further contends that a thinker's social attitudes determine his or her response to paradox. Attitudes concerning crossing the boundary of a social group prefigure attitudes concerning supposed truths that lie beyond the boundaries of understanding. Individuals who fear crossing the boundary of their social group and would prohibit them tend to use paradox ascetically, while individuals who find the controlled incorporation of outsiders enriching commonly find paradox revelatory. Although scholars have long noted that religious discourse seems to cultivate and perpetuate paradox, their scholarship tends to ratify religious attitudes toward paradox instead of explaining the unusual reaction paradox provokes. A vital contribution to discussions of mystical experience, The Uses of Paradox reveals how much this experience relies on social attitudes and cosmological speculation.
Categories: Religion

Spiritual Magazine

Spiritual Magazine

Such are some of the numerous instances in the Old and New Testament of the
use of night and darkness in preternatural ... laws for the government of both the
physical and spiritual worlds , and He respects his own laws , and uses them .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951P010730995

Category: Spiritualism

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Categories: Spiritualism

The Blackness of Utter Darkness

The Blackness of Utter Darkness

Like other forms of this type of literature, the book of Revelation uses many visual
images and symbols with regard to the topics of heaven, hell, good, evil, and end
of the age events or last things (eschatology). Apocalyptic literature is similar to ...

Author: M. Franklin Vance

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462872069

Category: Religion

Page: 116

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What most people believe about hell is rooted in ancient legends as found in pagan religions and Greek mythology. The Blackness Of Utter Darkness compares the legend with the truth of Scripture. The legend says that man is immortal. Scripture says that immortality is conditional. The legend says the wicked suffer torment forever. Scripture says the wicked will perish. The legend says that good deeds must exceed bad deeds to avoid eternal torment. Scripture says that only those in Christ have eternal life. The Blackness Of Utter Darkness separates myth from reality regarding life, death, and the afterlife and is a must read for all who have been confused about the traditional view of hell as portrayed by Dantes Inferno.
Categories: Religion

The Turnings of Darkness and Light

The Turnings of Darkness and Light

Josiah Royce' In his book The Uses of Scripture in Recent Theology David
Kelsey has rightly observed that the authority which Scripture has for the common
life of the Christian community resides in Scripture's being deployed in certain ...

Author: Kenneth Surin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521047463

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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This collection of essays, written between 1975 and 1987, covers the doctrine of analogy; the Trinity; 'theological realism'; the problems of evil and suffering; the doctrine of God, tragedy and Christian life; the doctrine of the atonement, christology, the theology of religions, ecclesiology, discipleship, and the so-called theistic 'proofs'.
Categories: Religion

Throne of Darkness

Throne of Darkness

He had a moment when he could hear Molly telling of the uses of iron against
witchcraft. But shapeshifters were creatures that no iron would bite. He was
thinking at a furious pace. This candlestick, it was not iron, but, but, it was silver:
Could it ...

Author: Douglas Nicholas

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476756004

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, this novel from acclaimed author Douglas Nicholas continues the gripping dark fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews describes as “a more profound Harry Potter for adults.” It’s 1215 in northwest England—the eve of the signing of the Magna Carta—and mystical Irish queen Maeve and her unlikely band of warriors must protect the region from a chilling fate. Word of a threat reaches the Northern barons: King John has plotted to import an African sorcerer and his sinister clan of blacksmiths, whose unearthly powers may spell destruction for the entire kingdom. Along with her lover, Jack, her gifted niece, Nemain, and Nemain’s newlywed husband, Hob (whose hidden talents will soon be revealed), Maeve must overcome a supernatural threat unlike any she’s seen before. With his characteristic blend of historical adventure and intoxicating mythological elements, Nicholas once again “goes for the throat…with brilliant writing and whip-smart plotting” (New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry). This is a richly woven tale that will leave you hungry for more.
Categories: Fiction

Spook s A New Darkness

Spook s  A New Darkness

If I ever come up against one of those Kobalos mages, my staff wouldn't be much
use.' 'I can't tell how effective a staff might be. I'd left mine with the girl so I never
got a chance to use it. But you're correct: such a mage uses powerful dark magic
 ...

Author: Joseph Delaney

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448101450

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 320

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‘It’s a dangerous job, but someone has to do it.’ For years, the local Spook kept the county safe from evil. But now his time has ended, and there is only one boy who can take over – Thomas Ward, barely more than a child himself. Now he too must take on an apprentice, a girl called Jenny who is untested but willing to be trained in the dangerous life of a Spook. When girls start dying in mysterious circumstances, they soon find themselves on the path of a terrifying and deadly beast. Monstrous assassins are loose in the County, and far to the north, a new darkness is rising that threatens to engulf the whole world. Do Tom and Jenny stand a chance against the might of the Kobalos? The first terrifying tale in the Starblade Chronicles, from the bestselling author of The Spook’s Apprentice
Categories: Young Adult Fiction

Darkness Subverted

Darkness Subverted

In the terminology John Frow uses in his work on genre, he defines »mode in the
adjectival sense as a thematic and tonal qualification of ›colouring‹ of genre«,
whereas »genre or kind [denotes] a more specific organisation of texts with ...

Author: Katrin Althans

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783862340927

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Der dem klassischen Schauerroman zugrunde liegende Diskurs von »Selbst« und »Anderem« wurde schnell auf die Gegebenheiten der kolonialen Situation angewandt und auf das Verhältnis zwischen Kolonialherr und kolonialem Subjekt projiziert. Zeitgenössische schwarzaustralische Künstler nehmen sich dieses kolonialen Schauerdiskurses an, reißen ihn durch ihre scharfe Perspektive in Stücke und transformieren ihn schließlich zu einem Diskurs des »Aboriginal Gothic«.Die vorliegende Studie erarbeitet die theoretischen Grundlagen des »Aboriginal Gothic« und benutzt den so konkretisierten Begriff, um Romane von Vivienne Cleven, Mudrooroo, Kim Scott, Sam Watson und Alexis Wright sowie Filme von Beck Cole und Tracey Moffatt zu analysieren. Im Zentrum der Untersuchung steht dabei die Frage, inwieweit der traditionell europäische Schauerdiskurs mit Elementen indigener australischer Kultur durch- bzw. zersetzt ist, um die aktuelle Situation australischer Aborigines darzustellen und eine wiedererlangte kulturelle Identität zu beschreiben.
Categories: Fiction

The Light Shines on in the Darkness

The Light Shines on in the Darkness

He also shows how the Holy Spirit guides us through times of suffering toward our salvation – and other's salvation, explaining the signs and interior movements that reveal the Spirit's actions.

Author: Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9781586179571

Category: Religion

Page: 410

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Why would an all-loving God allow suffering? Aren't suffering and love opposed to one another? Does suffering have any benefit for this life? Does it have any benefit for eternal life? Is there any objective evidence for God – for a soul that will survive bodily death – for the resurrection of Jesus? If there is testable, objective evidence for a resurrection, what is this resurrection like? Who is God anyway – benevolent and loving or angry and retributive? Father Spitzer gives a comprehensive explanation of contemporary evidence for God, the soul, and the resurrection, and helps us understand how God uses suffering to lead us to the resurrection, and to compassion for others. He also shows how the Holy Spirit guides us through times of suffering toward our salvation – and other's salvation, explaining the signs and interior movements that reveal the Spirit's actions. But even armed with this eternal perspective, serious questions remain. If God has power over nature, why doesn't He just perform a lot more miracles when we pray for them so that we won't have to suffer? Why did God make the natural world imperfect in the first place? Wouldn't it have been better to create us in a world without suffering – without challenge, need, and self-sacrifice? Father Spitzer not only addresses the perplexing questions associated with suffering but he teaches us how to suffer well. He points out some of the most common errors we make in interpreting God's motives for and alleviation of suffering. He explains why suffering – in combination with love – is one of the most powerful motivating agents for personal, cultural, and societal development. Suffering and love are inextricably bound up with one another on the highest levels of human meaning.
Categories: Religion

Know Your Spiritual Enemies and Destroy Their Kingdom of Darkness

Know Your Spiritual Enemies and Destroy Their Kingdom of Darkness

In this book titled: "Know Your Spiritual Enemies and Destroy Their Kingdom of
Darkness," Dr. Ordu makes a daring incursion into a realm where angels fear to
tread. He incisively x-rays how Satan uses cohorts and demons to break the ...

Author: Gilbert Enyidah-Okey Ordu

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 9781600348167

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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Categories: Religion

John Understanding the Bible Commentary Series

John  Understanding the Bible Commentary Series

crucifixion, and the crowd's use of the language of that verse (especially right
after the parenthetical comment of v. ... He uses the familiar imagery of light and
darkness in much the same way as in 9:4–5 and 11:9– 10; that is, the light is the
time ...

Author: J. Ramsey Michaels

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441236593

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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The Understanding the Bible Commentary Series helps readers navigate the strange and sometimes intimidating literary terrain of the Bible. These accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. Pastors, teachers, and lay people alike will cherish the truth found in this commentary series.
Categories: Religion