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The poetic books of the Old Testament--Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon--are often called humankind's reach toward God. The other books of the Old Testament picture God's reach toward man through the redemptive story. Yet these five books reveal the very heart of men and women struggling with monumental issues such as suffering, sin, forgiveness, joy, worship, and the passionate love between a man and woman.

C. Hassell Bullock, a noted Old Testament scholar, delves deep into the hearts of the five poetic books, offering readers helpful details such as harmeneutical considerations for each book, theological content and themes, detailed analysis of each book, and cultural perspectives.

Hebrew is a language of "intrinsic musical quality that naturally supports poetic expression," says Bullock in his introduction. That poetic expression comes from the heart of the Old Testament writers and reaches all of us exactly where we are in our own struggles and joys.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802441577
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 424,984
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

C. HASSELL BULLOCK (B.A., Samford University; B.D., Columbia Theological Seminary; University Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is professor of Old Testament studies at Wheaton College. Since the completion of his formal education, Dr. Bullock has served as both a professor and as a pastor in 10 different churches.

He is the author of An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books, Encountering the Book of Psalms, An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books, and An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books.

Dr. Bullock resides in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

The Poetic Books
Wisdom as a Personal Dynamic
Wisdom as a Universal Dynamic
Wisdom as a Literary Dynamic
Wisdom, Law, and Prophecy
Hebrew Poetry
Wisdom in the Ancient Near East  
Wisdom in the Apocrypha

2. Theology of Wisdom

What Wisdom Theology Meant Then
What Wisdom Theology Means Now

3. The Book of Job

The Central Issue of Job
Introductory Matters About Job
The Literary Structure
Hermeneutical Issues of Job
Detailed Analysis of Job
Prologue: The Dilemma Delineated (1:1-2:13)
4. The Book of Psalms

Introductory Matters About Psalms
Hermeneutical Considerations on Psalms
Theological Content of Psalms
Basic Types of Psalms
Historical Use of Psalms
Qumran Scroll of Psalms

5. The Book of Proverbs

Introductory Matters About Proverbs
Hermeneutical Considerations on Proverbs
Sectioned Analysis of Proverbs

6. The Book of Ecclesiastes

Introductory Matters About Ecclesiastes 
Hermeneutical Considerations on Ecclesiastes
Expository Analysis of Ecclesiastes
Qumran Fragments of Ecclesiastes

7. The Song of Songs

Cultural Perspectives on the Song
Hermeneutical Approaches to the Song
Introductory Matters About the Song
Expository Analysis of the Song

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    A Must Have Book for the Bible Student's Library

    Bullock's book introduces the poetic books from a variety of interpretive aspects--historiography, hermeneutics, and commentary. It is a required textbook for my graduate course in seminary, and one that provides a good overview of all of the poetic books that serves as a foundation for more in-depth study. The "how to" sections for analyzing the books are very helpful.

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