by Leo G. Perdue


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Proverbs by Leo G. Perdue

The book of Proverbs is a collection of sayings, poems, and "life's little instructions." Wrestling with the values of things such as creation, livelihood, or moral character, Proverbs exhorts its readers to seek the higher ideals—knowledge, discipline, piety, and order—and offers guidance on how to live in harmony with God, others, and oneself.

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804231169
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Series: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Series
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Leo G. Perdue is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is aninternational authority on wisdom literature and the author of numerous books, including Proverbs in the esteemed Interpretation commentary series.

Table of Contents

The Place of the Book of Proverbs in the Canon1
The Book of Proverbs among Biblical Wisdom Literature3
The Meaning of Wisdom3
The Universal Character of Wisdom14
The Social Locations of the Wisdom Tradition15
The Sage23
The Language and Rhetoric of Wisdom Literature27
The Imagination of the Wise33
The Message of Proverbs for the Contemporary Church42
The First Collection: "The Proverbs of Solomon Son of David, King of Israel" Proverbs 1--955
1:1 The Superscription: "The Proverbs of Solomon Son of David, King of Israel"64
1:2-7 Introduction: To Know Wisdom and Discipline68
1:8-19 First Instruction: A Warning against the Enticement to Join Violent Men76
1:20-33 First Poem on Woman Wisdom: Woman Wisdom's Invitation to the Simple80
2:1-22 Second Instruction: The Blessings of Wisdom and the Avoidance of the Strange Woman86
3:1-12 Third Instruction: The Blessings of Wisdom and Piety95
3:13-20 Second Poem on Wisdom: Wisdom's Gifts and Role in Creation101
3:21-35 Fourth Instruction: The Life of Wisdom Is Actualized in Charity and Uprightness105
4:1-9 Fifth Instruction: The Prize of Wisdom Is a Beautiful Crown111
4:10-27 Sixth Instruction: The Two Ways115
5:1-23 Seventh Instruction: Avoidance of the Strange Woman118
6:1-19 Eighth Instruction: A Miscellany of Sapiential Teaching123
6:20-35 Ninth Instruction: Warning against Adultery128
7:1-27 Tenth Instruction: Seduction by the Strange Woman132
8:1-36 Woman Wisdom: Wisdom as Teacher, Queen of Heaven, Child of God138
9:1-18 Poem on Wisdom and Folly: Contending for the Heart147
The Second Collection: "The Proverbs of Solomon" Proverbs 10:1--22:16157
10:1a The Superscription: "The Proverbs of Solomon"160
10:1b--15:33 First Subdivision163
16:1--22:16 Second Subdivision179
The Third Collection: "The Sayings of the Wise" Proverbs 22:17--24:22199
22:17--23:11 First Instruction200
23:12-18 Second Instruction206
23:19-21 Third Instruction207
23:22-25 Fourth Instruction209
23:26--24:12 Fifth Instruction211
24:13-20 Sixth Instruction213
24:21-22 Seventh Instruction215
The Fourth Collection: "These Also are Sayings of the Wise" Proverbs 24:23-34217
The Fifth Collection: "These are Other Proverbs of Solomon That the Officials of King Hezekiah of Judah Copied" Proverbs 25--29223
The Sixth Collection: "The Words of Agur" Proverbs 30251
The Seventh Collection: "The Words of King Lemuel of Massa, Which His Mother Taught Him" Proverbs 31:1-9269
The Eighth Collection: The Ideal Wise Woman Proverbs 31:10-31275
For Further Study281
Works Cited284

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