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The Complaint of Jacob The Complaint of Jacob by R.P. Nettelhorst

Jacob’s life was not a particularly easy one and his family life, both growing up, and then as an adult was certainly what would fit the modern definition of being “dysfunctional.”

So, to say the least, Jacob was not at all happy. The one true love of his life was dead. Joseph, his favorite, the oldest son of his beloved, had been dead for twenty-five years. And now Simeon had been taken from him, and this monster in Egypt was demanding the last link he had to his dead lover. Beside himself with grief, we find his reaction in Genesis 42:36 where it all comes down to this:

Their father Jacob said to them, "You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!"

And certainly it was the case that the circumstances of his life, from his perspective, from the perspective of his sons standing around him, made his complaint fully reasonable and perfectly understandable. And yet, the fascinating thing about his words, for those of us reading the story, is that we know that he couldn’t be more wrong, despite the fact that his words seemed so obviously true to Jacob – unassailably true, in fact. But we the readers of this little episode, know something that Jacob doesn’t: we know that Joseph is not only not dead, but he is second in command in Egypt, the most powerful and most wealthy nation on the planet at that time. We also know that there’s no way for poor Jacob to know that.

So the reality of Jacob’s existence is that everything could hardly be better. His favorite son has done very well for himself, thank you. Good job, and great future, with money to burn. Poor Jacob simply doesn’t know this yet. His perception, his perspective of reality, is incorrect.

And we, the readers, can do nothing to alleviate Jacob’s suffering just now. And God didn’t do anything about it either. It’ll be another year before Jacob learns the truth of what his life is really like. For twenty-five years he mourned for someone who was not dead at all. He bemoans his fate as a miserable one, though his family is absolutely powerful and prosperous. But he doesn’t know any of that; in fact, he has no way of knowing any of that.

September 11, 2001 was thus an exceptionally bad day (to say the least) and raised numerous questions in the minds of many people about the nature of existence, about the goodness of God, about what it is really, that God wants and expects out of all of us. How do we live in a world where this sort of thing can happen? How do we face the crises of life, both small and great? Is there some key to life, some playbook we can get, some list we can follow, some formula we can memorize that will get us through life in one piece, with ourselves and our families living productive and prosperous lives? What does Jacob's complaint tell us about our relationship to God and the world?

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Summary of the Bible A Summary of the Bible by Don L. Lewis

A Summary of the Bible was developed to give readers an overview of the Bible. It will show its format, structure and content. Think of this book as a roadmap for a journey into the place where God has chosen to reveal Himself to the human race.

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Baptist Confessions of Faith Baptist Confessions of Faith: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

Baptists are not a creedal people. That is, they do not require their Church members to subscribe to a particular Creed or statement of belief. But Baptists do believe and so they do make confession of those beliefs. Here are the most important of those historical confessions in chronological order: a summary of beliefs held by Baptists since their beginning.

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BIBLICAL STUDIES Biblical Studies: A Beginner's Guide by Jim West

It is a handy one volume introduction to the basic tools and issues of Biblical Studies. It includes a brief history of Israel and the Church (in its earliest years); the Biblical languages Hebrew and Greek; the theology of the Old and New Testaments; a proposed solution to the Synoptic relationships; a brief look at the use of the Old Testament by the writers of the New, and a short introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls. It may appear to some that this is a bit much to handle in one book; but the author's purpose is not to discuss every viewpoint or look under every rock. Rather, he wishs simply to place in the interested person’s hand a handy tool with which to begin Biblical Studies. In our day of over-specialization what is needed among the inhabitants of the pew is a general overview. That, and that alone, is what the author is seeking to provide. To those who will find fault in his failure to treat their pet issues, he can only beg indulgence and reassure them that his goal is quite simple. Biblical Studies is a workbook. Assignments are made, and if the interested reader is diligent he or she has in hand an excellent resource for self-learning. If the exercises that are recommended are accomplished, there is no doubt that the reader will be a much better informed believer than he or she was previously. Each chapter is self-contained, so that the student may study those items of greatest interest first, and then proceed to the other chapters.

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SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY Systematic Theology: Theology for the Person in the Pew by Jim West

It is designed to put into the hands of the lay person a resource for basic systematic theology. It is hoped that those readers who have an interest in theology will find it useful. It is not a complicated, or complex text. Indeed, it is intentionally brief, to the point, and filled with classical statements about doctrinal subjects. But it is also filled with scriptural references because the author firmly believes that any theology worth the name is scripturally based.

Professional theologians, those with seminary degrees or advanced degrees in theology will find in the following pages absolutely nothing new, with the possible exception of the author's disinterest in eschatological matters. But remember, this book isn’t written for theologians—it is written for the non-specialist. It is the people who sit in a pew week after week who will find this a useful book: the people who make up the Church.

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The Person in the Pew Commentary Series


MATTHEW Matthew: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Matthew is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Matthew is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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MARK Mark: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Mark is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Matthew is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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LUKE Luke: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Luke is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Matthew is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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JOHN John: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on John is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of John is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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ACTS The Acts of the Apostles: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Acts is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Acts is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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ROMANS        

Romans: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

       This commentary on Romans is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.
       So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Romans is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.
       For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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1 CORINTHIANS 1 Corinthians: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on 1 Corinthians is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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2 CORINTHIANS 2 Corinthians: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on 2 Corinthians is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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GALATIANS-PHILIPPIANS Galatians, Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians and Philippians: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Galatians, Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians and Philippians: For the Person in the Pew is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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ROMANS        

1-2 Thessalonians: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

       This commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.
       So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of 1-2 Thessalonians is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.
       For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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PASTORAL EPISTLES The Pastoral Epistles: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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HEBREWS Hebrews: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Hebrews is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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JAMES AND 1-2 PETER James and 1-2 Peter: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on James and 1-2 Peter is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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1-3 JOHN AND JUDE 1-3 John and Jude: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on 1 - 3 John and Jude is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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REVELATION Revelation: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Revelation is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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GENESIS Genesis: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Genesis is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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EXODUS Exodus: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Exodus is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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LEVITICUS Leviticus: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Leviticus is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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NUMBERS Numbers: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Numbers is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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DEUTERONOMY Deuteronomy: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Deuteronomy is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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JOSHUA        

Joshua: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

       This commentary on Joshua is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.
       So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.
       For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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RUTH AND LAMENTATIONS Ruth and Lamentations: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Ruth and Lamentations is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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Judges Judges: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Judges is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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1-2 Chronicles        

1-2 Chronicles: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

       This commentary on 1-2 Chronicles is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.
       So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Matthew is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.
       For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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EZRA-NEHEMIAH Ezra-Nehemiah: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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FOUR OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS Micah, Ezekiel, Esther, and Proverbs: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Micah, Ezekiel, Esther, and Proverbs is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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JOB        

Job: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

       This commentary on Job is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.
       So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Matthew is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.
       For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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Psalms 1-75 Psalms 1-75: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Psalms 1-75 is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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Psalms 76-150 Psalms 76-150: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Psalms 76-150 is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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ECCLESIASTES & SONG OF SONGS Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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JOB        

Isaiah 1-33: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

       This commentary on Isaiah 1-33 is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.
       So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Matthew is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.
       For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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JOB        

Isaiah 34-66: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

       This commentary on Isaiah 34-66 is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.
       So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of Matthew is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.
       For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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JEREMIAH Jeremiah: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Jeremiah is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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NAHUM-MALACHI Daniel-Jonah: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Daniel-Jonah is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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NAHUM-MALACHI Nahum-Malachi: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on Nahum-Malachi is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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WISDOM OF BEN SIRA The Wisdom of Solomon: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on the Wisdom of Solomon is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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WISDOM OF BEN SIRA The Wisdom of Ben Sira: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on the Wisdom of Ben Sira is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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1-2 Maccabees 1-2 Maccabees: For the Person in the Pew by Jim West

This commentary on 1-2 Maccabees is part of a series, each to be published by Quartz Hill Publishing House, and each to be in a concise format.

So far as technical matters are concerned, or how the commentary works, it is quite straightforward: the text of the epistles is in bold print and comments follow each verse or passage in normal font. At the conclusion of the commentary there is a bibliography so that those interested can read further. The textual base of the commentary is the venerable American Standard Version of 1901. There are no frills here: no extensive footnotes, no lengthy outlines, no overbearing introductions—just the text and what it means.

For many years commentaries have been written for commentators. The great volumes which line pastors’ and professors’ bookshelves were written by experts for experts. Meanwhile, the person in the pew, the person for whom the Bible was written, transmitted, and preserved, has essentially been forgotten. This commentary, and this series, are designed to correct that situation. Making use of the best and latest tools of biblical research, the results of that research will appear here in such a way as to be useful for personal devotion and preaching, Sunday School lessons, and “growing in grace.”

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Poetry


Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts by Edward Young

In 1745 Edward Young published a poem of 10,000 lines in blank verse whose popularity would rival Pilgrim’s Progress and Milton’s Paradise Lost. In Night Thoughts, Young faces the loss of his wife and closest friends, pondering the hard questions over a series of nine dark nights. Largely unavailable for nearly a hundred years, discover the timeless beauty and ancient truths contained in this matchless poem.

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Fiction


John of the Apocalypse John of the Apocalypse by R.P. Nettelhorst

If everything in your life went wrong, wouldn’t it be nice if Jesus came and told you why? “Why doesn’t God do something?” It was a question heavy on John’s mind. He had seen all his companions bleed and die; thousands of his compatriots had been slaughtered by a brutal tyranny. It seemed such an odd way for God to treat his most faithful servants. John was just a lonely old man exiled for his beliefs on the island of Patmos. And then Jesus unexpectedly showed up with good news and an explanation.

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The Seventh Child of Nod The Seventh Child of Nod by Eula Youngblood

This fictional story borders on the Cinderlla theme about Esmeralda "Mera" Wilkins, a young, black female prodigy who developed special physical, intellectual and spiritual powers. The twentieth century descendent of a ninth century BC prophetess named Huldah, Mera was commissioned by God to interpret the encapsulated scrolls written in the language of God and sealed up by King Josiah.

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Forthcoming Titles


The Person in the Pew Commentary Series, by Jim West

A series of short commentaries of the Old Testament, New Testament and Apocrypha designed for non-scholars. The series is conceived as one that will eventually cover the entire scope of biblical literature. Publication order will not necessarily be volume order

New Testament

1- Matthew - Now available
2- Mark - Now available
2b- Luke - Now available
3- John - Now available
4- Acts - Now available
5- Romans - Now available
6- 1 Corinthians - Now available
7- 2 Corinthians - Now available
8- Galatians, Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians and Philippians - Now available
9- 1-2 Thessalonians - Now available
10- The Pastorals - Now available
11- Hebrews
12- James, 1-2 Peter - Now available
13- 1-3 John, Jude - Now available
14- Revelation - Now available

Old Testament

1- Genesis - Now available
1b- Exodus - Now available
2- Leviticus - Now available
2b- Numbers - Now available
3- Deuteronomy - Now available
4- Joshua - Now available
4b- Judges - Now available
4a- Ruth and Lamentations - Now available
5- 1-2 Samuel
6- 1-2 Kings
7- 1-2 Chronicles - Now available
8- Ezra-Nehemiah - Now available
9- Micah, Ezekiel, Esther, and Proverbs - Now available
10- Job - Now available
11a- Psalms 1-75 - Now available
11b- Psalms 76-150 - Now available
12- Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon - Now available
13a- Isaiah 1-33 - Now available
13b- Isaiah 34-66 - Now available
14- Jeremiah - Now available
15- Daniel-Jonah - Now available
16- Nahum-Malachi - Now available

Apocrypha

1- Tobit & Judith
2- Wisdom of Solomon - Now available
3- Ben Sira - Now available
4- Baruch, Epistle of Jeremiah, Prayer of Azariah
5- Susanna, Bel and the Dragon
6a- 1-2 Maccabees - Now available
6b- 3-4 Maccabees
7- 1-2 Esdras
8- Prayer of Manasseh-Odes



Nonfiction


Does God Have a Long Nose? by R.P. Nettelhorst

A detailed look at theology. We have more questions than answers about God. This book is designed to help you know some of the questions, not just pat answers.


Fiction


Flight of the Caroline by Rob McCreary


Reprints


The Arabian Nights translated by Richard Burton, in 16 volumes.

The nineteenth century reader of Burton’s Arabian Nights was scandalized and shocked by the explicit, by their terms, sexuality. In contrast, the modern reader will largely be unbothered by the sexual references in the book and in fact will find them tame, even compared to the standards of network television. Instead, he or she will be scandalized and shocked by the rampant racism and misogyny apparent in description, situations and terminology. All that one can suggest is that readers try to remember the time when the book was translated: the late 1800s. We’ve chosen to present Burton’s translation as is, rather than to update the language for modern sensibilities. The only alteration from the original version is in format and paragraphing.

The Arabian Nights, is a piece of medieval Middle-Eastern literature in the style of a frame tale. The story starts with the Persian Shahryar, king of an unnamed island “between India and China” (in modern editions based on Arab transcripts he is king of India and China), who is so shocked by his wife's infidelity that he kills her and, believing all women to be likewise unfaithful, gives his vizier an order to get him a new wife every night (in some versions, every third night). After spending one night with his bride, the king has her executed at dawn. This practice continues for some time, until the vizier's clever daughter Shahrazad (the name is perhaps better-known in English as “Scheherazade” or “Shahrastini,” which is a Persian name) forms a plan and volunteers to become Shahrayar's next wife. Every night after their marriage, she spends hours telling him stories, each time stopping at dawn with a cliff-hanger, so the king will postpone the execution out of a desire to hear the rest of the tale. In the end, she has given birth to three sons, and the king has been convinced of her faithfulness and revoked his decree. The tales vary widely; they include historical tales, love stories, tragedies, comedies, poems, burlesques and Muslim religious legends.


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