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Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs

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These books of the Bible, despite their differences, all treat the phenomenon of what it means to live wisely before God. In this readable commentary, Ellen Davis points out that the writers of these books considered wisdom--and the fruits of wisdom, a well-ordered life and a peaceful mind--to be within the grasp of anyone wholeheartedly desiring it.

Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and ...

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Overview

These books of the Bible, despite their differences, all treat the phenomenon of what it means to live wisely before God. In this readable commentary, Ellen Davis points out that the writers of these books considered wisdom--and the fruits of wisdom, a well-ordered life and a peaceful mind--to be within the grasp of anyone wholeheartedly desiring it.

Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255220
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Westminster Bible Companion Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 536,249
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She is the author of Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth Through Image and Text; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Getting Involved with God; and Imagination Shaped.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
General Introduction: These Three Books 1
Proverbs 9
1 Poetic Preface
The Goal of Learning (1:1-6) 25
The Fear of the Lord (1:7) 28
Bad Company (1:8-19) 29
Wisdom's Challenge (1:20-33) 31
The Choice between Two Paths (2:1-22) 34
Beyond the Limits of Human Understanding (3:1-12) 39
Laying Hold of Happiness (3:13-26) 42
The Scorners (3:27-35) 46
Loving Wisdom (4:1-9) 47
The Anatomy of Wisdom (4:20-27) 48
Frank Talk about Sex (5:1-23) 50
Standing Surety (6:1-5) 54
Parable of the Ant (6:6-11) 55
Adorned with the Commandments (6:20-24) 57
Femme Fatale (7:1-27) 58
Wisdom's Speech from the Heights (8:1-36) 62
Two Invitations (9:1-18) 70
2 Proverbs Proper
Constructive and Destructive Criticism (10:10) 75
Joy in Hope (10:28) 77
Gossip (11:11-13) 78
Women's Beauty, Women's Power (11:22) 80
The Root of the Righteous (12:3 and 12:12) 82
Working for Ourselves (12:9) 84
Choosing Companions (13:20) 86
Disciplining Children (13:24) 87
Honoring Solitude (14:10) 90
Joy and Sorrow (14:12-13) 91
Children's Inheritance (14:18,26) 92
The Religious Significance of the Poor (14:20-21) 93
Healing Speech (15:4) 96
Gaining a Heart (15:30-33) 98
Autonomy and Obedience (16:1-9) 100
The Power and the Justice of Kings (16:10-16) 103
Trusting God (16:20) 106
Temperance (16:32 and 25:28) 107
Choosing the Good (17:1) 108
The Danger of Isolation (18:1-2) 109
Deadly and Life-giving Speech (18:20-21) 112
Good Companions (18:22-24) 113
Contentiousness (19:13) 115
Fast Money (20:20-21) 116
Radical Pedagogy (22:6) 119
Thirty Savings (22:17-24:22) 120
The Cost of Laziness (24:30-34) 129
Delivering the Message (25:11-13) 131
Defeating Evil (25:21-22) 133
A Fool's Anger (27:3) 134
Envy (27:4) 134
Choosing Silence (27:14) 136
3 Closing Frames
The Words of Agur (30:1-33) 138
The Wisdom of Women (31:1-31) 148
Ecclesiastes
Introducing Koheleth (1:1) 169
The Great Question (1:2-3) 170
Instability and Amnesia (1:4-11) 171
Koheleth's Memoir (1:12-2:26) 173
The Pattern Woven in Time (3:1-15) 182
Injustice: Forsaking Our Creaturehood (3:16-22) 186
Perversions of Good Work (4:1-8) 189
The Wisdom of Reticence (5:1-7) 191
Economies of Grief and Joy (5:8-20) 193
Human Limitations (6:10-12) 196
Finding the Balance That Is Wisdom (7:1-22) 198
A Personal Note: Koheleth's Loneliness (7:23-29) 204
Against Presumption (8:1-9) 206
Is There Any Justice? (8:10-17) 208
To Life! (9:1-12) 211
Reckoning with Privilege (10:16-20) 215
The Grace of Not Knowing (11:1-6) 218
Youth and Age (11:7-12:8) 220
The Epilogue (12:9-14) 225
The Song of Songs
Solomon's Best (1:1) 238
Desire and Imagination (1:2-2:7) 241
Seeking, Finding (3:1-5) 254
Up from the Wilderness (3:6) 260
Desire Satisfied (4:1-5:1) 262
Testimony of the Women of Jerusalem (5:2-6:3) 275
Formidable Beauty (6:4-10) 284
The Dancing Shulammite (6:13-7:13) 287
The Strength of Love (8:6-14) 295
Works Cited 303
For Further Reading 306
Abbreviations 306
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