Pastors in the Classics
Throughout the history of English literature, church ministers have figured prominently in novels, plays, morality tales, and even poetry. Pastors in the Classics is a unique, unprecedented collection of relevant literary masterpieces in which the pastor's experience is a major...
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Throughout the history of English literature, church ministers have figured prominently in novels, plays, morality tales, and even poetry. Pastors in the Classics is a unique, unprecedented collection of relevant literary masterpieces in which the pastor's experience is a major part of the story.
Part 1 is a reader's guide to twelve important classics written over four centuries and covering seven different nationalities. Each chapter not only describes and interprets the work in question, it also highlights a specific feature of pastoral ministry explored in the work. Part 2 is a handbook that defines the canon of literary masterpieces that deal with the pastor's experience, offering reading suggestions for both ministers and lovers of literature.
From the familiar (The Canterbury Tales; Cry, the Beloved Country; and The Scarlet Letter) to the lesser-known (Silence, Witch Wood) to the surprising (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man), this collection uncovers the good, the bad, and the ugly ways in which pastors have been presented to the reading public for the past half millennium.
Philip G Ryken (D.Phil., Oxford) joined the Staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church(PCA) in Philadelphia in 1995 and presently serves as Senior Minister.
He is the author of many books including What Is the Christian Worldview; The Message of Salvation (The Bible Speaks Today Themes;, The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel; Jeremiah, Exodus, and Ecclesiastes (Preaching the Word Series); Luke (2 vols), Galatians and 1 Timothy (Reformed Expository Commentary) and Ryken's Bible Handbook.
He also serves on Wheaton College (IL) Board of Trustees, Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) Board of Trustees, and as an Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals council member.
Todd Wilson (Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of Cambridge) is responsible for teaching and training adults at College Church, Wheaton Illinois. This includes our adult communities, mens and womens ministries, and several other opportunities for learning and growth. He joined the staff at College Church in September 2005, and is an adjunct instructor in biblical studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia (Mohr-Siebeck), Paul's Life and Letters (Lion Publishing), and coeditor (with Leland Ryken) of Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of Dr. R. Kent Hughes (Crossway). Todd and his wife, Katie, have three children. -Editorial Review.
Leland Ryken (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of more than one hundred published articles and essays, and he has written, edited or contributed to (so far) twenty-five books, including The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation (Crossway), The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing (Shaw), Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (InterVarsity Press), The Discerning Reader: Christian Perspectives on Literature and Theory (Baker) and A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (Zondervan).
His most recent books have been on C.S.Lewis' works A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe and A Reader's Guide to Caspian: A Journey into C. S. Lewis's Narnia and Understanding English Bible Translation: The Case for an Essentially Literal Approach. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society and served as literary stylist for The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.
Koorong -Editorial Review.