Proverbs: A Commentary

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Through exacting translation, technical notes, and insightful commentary, Richard Clifford sheds new light on the book of Proverbs. He focuses on the rhetoric of Proverbs to demonstrate how the book fosters a lifelong search for wisdom and to enable readers to see how its instructions and maxims are concerned with contemporary issues. Clifford unveils the fascinating aspects of Proverbs - its wit and irony, honesty and profundity, drama and conflict, and, ultimately, its concern with wisdom as a fundamental ...
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Through exacting translation, technical notes, and insightful commentary, Richard Clifford sheds new light on the book of Proverbs. He focuses on the rhetoric of Proverbs to demonstrate how the book fosters a lifelong search for wisdom and to enable readers to see how its instructions and maxims are concerned with contemporary issues. Clifford unveils the fascinating aspects of Proverbs - its wit and irony, honesty and profundity, drama and conflict, and, ultimately, its concern with wisdom as a fundamental option in life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780664221317
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Old Testament Library Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Select Bibliography
Introduction 1
Commentary
Introduction to the Book 33
Lecture I: The Deadly Alternative to Parental Wisdom 36
Wisdom Poem I: The Risk of Spurning Me 40
Lecture II: Seek Wisdom and Yahweh Will Keep You Safe 44
Lecture III: Trust in God Leads to Prosperity 49
Interlude: Wisdom's Benefits and Prestige 53
Lecture IV: Justice toward the Neighbor Brings Blessing 56
Lecture V: A Father's Example 59
Lecture VI: Two Ways of Living Life 62
Lecture VII: With Your Whole Being Heed My Words and Live 64
Lecture VIII: The Wrong and the Right Woman 66
Interlude: Four Short Pieces 73
Lecture IX: The Dangers of Adultery 77
Lecture X: The Deceptive Woman 82
Wisdom Poem II: Become My Disciple and I Will Bless You 90
Excursus I: The Interpretation of Prov. 8:22 in Early Judaism and Christianity 98
Excursus II: The Translation of 'amon in v. 30 99
Wisdom Poem III: The Two Women Invite Passersby to Their Banquets 101
The Proverbs of Solomon 109
The Words of the Wise 199
Further Words of the Wise 216
Further Proverbs of Solomon, Collected by the Servants of King Hezekiah 219
The Words of Agur, and Four Sorts of Scoundrels 256
Numerical Sayings 265
The Words to Lemuel, King of Massa 268
Hymn to the Capable Wife 271
Index of Ancient Sources 279
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    New insights on old wisdom.

    Clifford's commentary on Proverbs is one of the newest additions to the Old Testament Library series from Westminster/John Knox Press. The 'Select bibliography' is a bit brief and his handling of introductory matters is a bit spotty (little on the form or the structure of wisdom) but the commentary makes up for any shortcomings in the beginning. Many insights are offered to to the reader of this fine volume. Clifford frequently introduces ancient Near Eastern parallels, offers appropriate linguistic discussions and is no stranger to a vast body of literature. He supports editorial shaping of the text but does not quickly dichotomize the text into older and newer or secular and sacred stages of development. He resorts to textual emendation to solve difficult readings of the text but is not quick to do so. Clifford is willing to wrestle with various positions and introduces the discussion of other scholars in appropriate places and amounts. This is a verse by verse commentary that refers to various translations by English versions and offers many insights from ancient culture along the way. Some discussions are too brief. There are a few extended discussions in the book, for example, one on the personification of Wisdom in Proverbs 8 but these are too few in such a work. Theological discussion and modern applications are not avoided but they are not the strenght of this volumn; nevertheless - this is a welcome addition to the OTL series and will be seen as a significant work on Proverbs for years to come.

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