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Proverbs & Ecclesiastes

Proverbs & Ecclesiastes


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Pastors and leaders of the classical church interpreted the Bible theologically, believing Scripture as a whole witnessed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Modern interpreters of the Bible questioned this premise. But in recent decades, a critical mass of theologians and biblical scholars has begun to reassert the priority of a theological reading of Scripture. The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret Scripture for the twenty-first century. In this addition to the well-received series, Daniel Treier offers theological exegesis of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587433887
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible Series
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 525,517
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Treier (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture and the coeditor of several books, including The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology and the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible.

Table of Contents

Series Preface ix

Author's Preface xv

Abbreviations xvii

Introduction: Sage Theological Commentary xix


Two Ways (Proverbs 1-9) 3

The Basic Framework 3

Prologue (1:1-7) 10

Hearing No Evil (1:8-19) 14

Hearing Wisdoms Offer (1:20-33) 18

Accepting Wisdom's Offer (2) 21

Holding on to Wisdom (3) 25

Prizing and Protecting the Parental Path (4) 29

Avoiding the Adulteress (5) 32

Avoiding Various Entanglements (6) 36

Avoiding Dame Folly (7) 40

Hearing Lady Wisdoms Offer Again (8) 44

Final Offers from Wisdom and Folly (9) 57

The Virtues of Proverbs (Proverbs 10-29) 61

Overview 61

Seven (Cardinal and Theological) Virtues 66

Seven Capital Vices 82

Speech Acts 101

Final Words: Wisdom in Cosmic, Social, and Familial Context (Proverbs 30-31) 106

Oracles from Outsiders 106

Order in Society and the Family 109


Introduction: Nothing Is Really New or Lasting (Under the Sun) (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11) 119

Part 1 A Quest for "Better" (Ecclesiastes 1:12-6:9) 133

Wisdom Offers No Permanent Gain (1:12-18) 134

Achievements Offer No Permanent Gain (2:1-26) 137

Everything Must Be Suitable for Its Time (3:1-15) 150

Is There a Time or Place for Justice? (3:16-22) 157

Justice and the Community(4:l-l6) 160

God's Economy; Fulfilling Vows'(5:l-7) 167

Earthly Economies: Seeing "Wealth, Sleeping Well (5:8-6:9) 172

Transition: Summary of Part 1 and Introduction to Part 2 (Ecclesiastes 6:10-12) 181

Part 2 Who Knows? (Ecclesiastes 7:1-12:7) 183

Proverbs on Wise Living in the Face of Death (7:1-14) 184

Musings on Retribution Theology (7:15-29) 188

Reflections on Wisdom and Authority (8:1-9) 197

Observations Regarding (Injustice (8:10-17) 200

More on Wise Living in the Face of the Future (9:1-10:20) 204

Proverbs on Acting without Certain Knowledge (11:1 -6) 215

Summing Up: Wisdom for Youth (11:7-12:7) 219

Conclusion: The End of the Matter (Ecclesiastes 12:8-14) 227

Bibliography 237

Subject Index 239

Scripture Index 245

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