Our friend Ragan Sutterfield recently had the opportunity to ask Robert Williamson a few questions about his new book:
The Forgotten Books of the Bible:
Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today
Robert Williamson, Jr.
Turning Our Attention to the Forgotten
An Interview with Biblical Scholar Robert Williamson
Interviewed by Ragan Sutterfield
Few of of us read the bible in its entirety. We like to skip around, focusing on those books that show up in our weekly lectionary readings (for Revised Common Lectionary churches) or returning to those favorite books of the Old and New Testaments. But such reading often steers us away from some of the richest books of the biblical tradition. Thankfully, Robert Williamson helps redirect our attention and appreciation to these scriptures in his new book The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today.
Ragan Sutterfield: The Bible can be overwhelming with all of the books available for our study and attention. Why should we spend time with these “forgotten books” (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) when few Christians have really explored the Torah or major prophetic books?