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This new commentary has all the signs of what we expect from its distinguished author—deep learning, a keen sensitivity to the theological message of the material he interprets, a fine ear for intertextual resonances, and a rare gift for clear and accessible communication. The book of Wisdom is a fascinating but under-appreciated product of Hellenistic Judaism. In this concise commentary, it has acquired an ideal commentator. I recommend it highly.
Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University
Richard Clifford carefully leads the reader through the Book of Wisdom, one of Hellenistic Judaism’s great accomplishments. Pointing out the influences of Hellenistic philosophy, he underscores three interlocking themes that continue to be on importance to believers, both Jewish and Christian today. They are: the kingdom or sovereignty of God; a sovereignty that encompasses nature and history; God’s involvement in history through divine wisdom. Clifford has made a book steeped in philosophy understandable to the average reader.
Dianne Bergant, CSA, Professor of Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union
Richard Clifford SJ, is an experienced and authoritative commentator on biblical wisdom. His commentary on Wisdom reads it in its Hellenistic context but also draws out its implications for life in the modern world. An excellent, reliable guide.
John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale Divinity School