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The Books of Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Songs, Lamentations: The Five Scrolls (Cambridge Bible Commentaries on the Old Testament) Hardcover – 16 Oct 1975

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  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (16 Oct. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521206510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521206518
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,891,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The five Old Testament books dealt with in this volume of the Commentary occupied a special place in Hebrew tradition as selected readings for major festivals and were accordingly brought together in Hebrew manuscripts to form a group of five scrolls. The books of The Five Scrolls vary greatly; debate about their holiness and authority is recorded from the second century AD onwards.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R T VINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2013
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Based on the NEB this series dates from the 1970s so may lack insights to latest scholarship.

However as a useful introduction, in quite different style to that of the IVP Tyndale ones which I also have,
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A scholarly examination and commentary on several biblical books 30 Oct. 2014
By Israel Drazin - Published on
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W. J. Fuerst’s Bible commentary is based on scholarly studies and is not faith based, although he frequently mentions the views of various faith groups.
For example, in his commentary on the biblical book Esther, he tells readers that some Christians see Esther as prefiguring Jesus’ mother Mary and the gallows upon which Haman hung foreshadowing the cross. He also writes that Haman’s and Vashti’s names are similar to the names of Elamite gods, Humman and Mashti. “Accordingly numerous scholars have postulated that Esther was a narrative which turned legends about the battles between gods and about the victory of the Babylonian gods over the Elamite gods into historical human events, thereby historicizing the legends.”
He states that the holiday of Purim, is called by the non-Hebrew word pur and that the book had to define as a lottery. This may indicate as some scholars think that the holiday was originally a Persian festival. Also, “Ahasuerus may have been a title meaning ‘the chief of rulers’ and had been applied to other persons known to the author.” He points out that there is no historical evidence to the facts mentioned in Esther. For example, There is no reference in Persian sources of the irrevocability of decrees, which is a key element of the plot in Esther.
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A generally useful introduction 10 Jan. 2010
By Jonathan Groner - Published on
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This Cambridge introduction to five short books of the Bible is generally satisfying. Fuerst's commentary and analysis is stronger on Esther, Ruth, and Song of Songs than on the other three books. His thoughts on the Song of Songs are refreshingly unorthodox, and he rejects the straw men set up by scholars of various persuasions.

There is a definite Christian bias which is understandable and is not troublesome even to a Jewish reader. The book relies heavily, however, on an already-existing translation of the Bible that in my view contains several errors of interpretation.
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