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Seven things

  1. David Capener interviews Hugh Bourne about newfrontiers etc.
  2. Contemplating charismaticism at Digital H20
  3. Yesterday, I tidied my office, and my very lovely wife suggested I should buy more commentaries... since I don't really have any on my favourite Old Testament books (Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, Lamentations and Ecclesiastes). Recommendations anyone? Particularly on Song of Songs - I'm keen to study it with people in 2009 but I'm no-where near knowing what to do with it yet.
  4. Second week in Jonah at our church. Mp3s not online yet. I love this book. Basically, I love everything in the OT.
  5. Usain Bolt. 9.69, and he didn't even sprint the whole way... Phenomenal.
  6. Back to work on Monday. Three and a half weeks off has been very refreshing if not especially sunny (except for the week in Guernsey). I'm now well up for the new year and bracing myself for crazy conference season - what a privilege to be employed to teach God's word.
  7. Kate Adie on journalism - observing a weakness in 24-hour news, which no doubt afflicts blogging too. I post this in praise of those who blog rarely but with quality, compared to those of us who blog frequently. Rolling news has its place, but sometimes you need some serious journalism:

Hers is the voice of a different age of broadcasting, when reporters like her in flak jackets were out on the front line gathering the facts. “In these days of 24-hour news, you tend to get reporters standing by the satellite dishes instead of discovering the story,” she concedes, and her disdain is clear. She tells me about the time she passed a small demo outside Euston station and spotted a reporter broadcasting from above on a flat roof. “I spent about 45 minutes talking to the police and the demonstrators and nothing much was going on. It was a bit of stand-off.” Kate then climbed up to see the young presenter and discovered that the girl had been too busy churning out reports for various BBC outlets to go and interview anyone. Kate says: “I later heard her speaking to camera about the ‘threat of violence’ – she was trying to make predictions and I thought: no, that’s not news.” (Interview in The Sunday Times, 17 August 2008)


  1. I remember hearing an mp3 by CJ Mahaney where he particularly recommended the BST and Tyndale commentaries on Song of Songs.

  2. BST/Tyndale are always a good place to start! Thank u.

  3. Haven't studied these myself, but people wiser than myself have commended Larry Crab on Ruth (Shattered Dreams), and Karen Jobes on Esther.

    Barry Webb, "Five Festal Garments" is also recommended, I'm sure you've got that and blogged about it before!

  4. Ps. Interview with Hugh Bourne! Sounds interesting... or not.

  5. Provan on Eccl. He is probably the only commentator I've ever read to totally turn around my understanding of a book. Brilliant stuff.

  6. Ros Clarke's Master's dissertation on the song is really great stuff. It can be found here

    And her bibliography will probably give you some good leads on commentaries.

    Might also be worth contacting her directly for advice, she's been thinking about the song for quite a few years now, and I believe her phd will be song-related.

  7. I've used the following (or been recommended them):

    Song of Solomon
    Duane Garrett (New American Commentary Series)
    (Also covers Proverbs & Ecclesiastes!)
    If I remember rightly, and its been a while since I had this book off the shelf, Garrett takes the "Husband/Wife" approach to the Songs.

    Ruth & Esther
    Iain Duguid (Reformed Expository Series). Brilliant!
    Also, Robert Hubbard (NICOT for Ruth) and Donald Wiseman/Joyce Baldwin (TOTC for Esther)

    Lamentations, the TOTC commentary by R.K Harrison.

    For Ecclesiastes, Tremper Longman (NICOT series)

  8. Pete - yeh Ros' stuff is what I'm working with at the moment along with Daniel Newman and Matthew Mason's notes.

    Thanks Nathan. Time to shop!

  9. Ruth: Jonathan Prime's Day One commentary is clear and accessible


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