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 Episcopal and Roman Catholic lectionaries.