Lamentations, Song of Songs by Wilma Ann Bailey and Christina Bucher covers the full emotional register of biblical literature: from the anguished sorrow songs of ancient Israel to the passionate, lyric poems of lovers. Wilma Bailey plumbs the interpretive depths of Lamentations, including questions about authorship, images of God, and depiction of a community’s response to exile and its development of an identity in the wake of catastrophe. Christina Bucher then offers multiple perspectives on the Song of Songs and its imagery, characters, and allegorical and literal interpretations by readers and communities across the centuries. Both scholars build sturdy theological scaffolding to help lay readers, pastors, and scholars understand and apply the wisdom contained by these Hebrew writings of desire and exile, love and lament.
Volume 27 in the BCBC series
About Believers Church Bible Commentary Series
Accessible to lay readers, useful in preaching and pastoral care, helpful for Bible study groups and Sunday school teachers, and academically sound, the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series foregrounds an Anabaptist reading of Scripture. Published for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today, the series is based on the conviction that God is still speaking to all who will listen, and that the Holy Spirit makes the Word a living and authoritative guide for all who want to know and do God’s will.
<p>“Wilma Ann Bailey and Christina Bucher plunge readers into questions about human life in its tragic and joyous dimensions. I recommend this work for believers, for those seeking for God, and for those who love biblical literature.”</p> ~Kathleen M. O'Connor, Reviews
<p>“Both erudite and earthy, this commentary is the one I’ll be drawing on for future sermons and lectures. Bailey and Bucher build bridges for us between spirituality and sexuality in ways that are honest, expansive, and grounded.”</p> ~Keith Graber Miller, Reviews
<p>“You must read this very fine commentary. The authors are alert to the texture and details and layers of meaning in the poetry, as well as to the complicated reverberations of the books in later contexts. I can think of no better guides to a fruitful interpretive engagement with these two brief but unforgettable biblical books.”</p> ~Tod Linafelt, Reviews