Esther & Daniel

Cover Artby Samuel Wells, George Sumner

978-1-5874-3331-3

256pp. $32.99c

Publication Date: June 2013



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Samuel Wells (PhD, University of Durham) is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square in London. He previously served as dean of the chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke University. Wells is the author of several books, including Be Not Afraid, Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, and Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas. He also coedited, with Stanley Hauerwas, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics.

George Sumner (PhD, Yale University) is principal and Helliwell Professor of World Mission at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario. He has served in various pastoral roles and is an honorary assistant at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Toronto.

Endorsements & Reviews

“A fascinating conversation between two books that capture opposite aspects of the life of faith emerges in this volume of the Brazos Theological Commentary. In Esther, God seems to disappear from history, leaving the faithful to their own desperate devices. And in Daniel we read about God breaking into the chaos of history. Imaginatively and convincingly, Wells and Sumner show the theological, ethical, and even missional importance of these ‘outlier’ books within the Christian canon. Powerfully written, this book is designed to stimulate serious conversation in the church.” – Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School

“This volume in the Brazos Theological Commentary series shows two keen theological imaginations interacting with two challenging books of the Bible. Wells and Sumner offer readings of Esther and Daniel that display their insights as careful, thoughtful readers, while also revealing their roles as contemporary tradents passing on insights from their historic predecessors to their contemporary community. Preachers, students, and scholars who care about the possibility of responsible theological interpretation–especially with regard to the relation of Jewish and Christian readings of biblical books–will find much of great value here.” – A K M Adam, University of Glasgow

“Here is a form of biblical interpretation the church should never have forgotten. Wells and Sumner read not uncritically, not even post-critically, but with a form of criticism born of cross and resurrection. And just so they remind us how beautiful are the books of Esther and Daniel.” – Jason Byassee, Duke Divinity School