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Treasures Old and New: Images in the Lectionary

Treasures Old and New: Images in the Lectionary

In Treasures Old and New Gail Ramshaw illuminates forty primary images from the three-year lectionary. With each of the images she considers related terms, exploring a total of nearly two hundred words and phrases in light of biblical history, typological relationships, poetic nuances, metaphoric meanings, and liturgical year connections.

Sample constellations of images include:
  • Creation: beginning, creation, firstborn, new creation, virgin birth
  • Fire: ashes, burning bush, fire, tongues
  • Light: blindness, darkness, day, light, morning star, night, sight, star, sun
  • Treasure: gifts, gold-frankincense-myrrh, pearl, rich fool, treasure, widow's coin
  • Water: exodus, flood, Jordan, river, sea, water, well
Treasures Old and New offers a guide to rich symbolic speech for those who preach and teach, yet remains accessible and inviting to the reader seeking a resource for devotion and meditation on the scriptures. Extensively indexed to support the Revised Common Lectionary as well as the Roman Catholic lectionary.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451486124
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 480
  • Publication Date March 15, 2014


"Which are the most often recurring images in the lectionary? What is the history of the meaning of these images, before, within, and outside the Bible? What has been their usage during the centuries of Christian liturgical use? In a culture far distant from that in which they arose, can these images can still speak of mercy and challenge to God's people?...I see the three readings of each Sunday and festival as a treasure that we, like the Matthean householder in chapter 13, take from our storehouse, treasures that although old are able to be new each week."
— from the foreword to Treasures Old and New

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