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Interpreting the Wisdom Books : an Exegetical Handbook.

Author: Edward M Curtis; David M Howard
Publisher: Chicago : Kregel Publications, 2019.
Series: Handbooks for Old Testament exegesis.
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The wisdom literature of the Bible (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs) is filled with practical principles for everyday life. While some Christians are deterred by the seemingly general nature of these matter-of-fact guidelines, they are as integral to God's purposes for his people as the explicitly theological material that dominates other parts of Scripture. The wisdom books in their own unique way  Read more...
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Curtis, Edward M.
Interpreting the Wisdom Books : An Exegetical Handbook.
Chicago : Kregel Publications, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward M Curtis; David M Howard
ISBN: 9780825476389 0825476380
OCLC Number: 1091008923
Notes: Basic Resources for Ancient Near Eastern Background
Description: 1 online resource (157 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Series Preface; Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Interpreting Old Testament Wisdom Literature; Introduction to Old Testament Wisdom; Wisdom's Perspective and Worldview; Wisdom Literature and the Rest of the Old Testament: A Complementary Relationship; Wisdom's Goal and the Pedagogy of the Sages; Wisdom's Genres: Poetry and Proverb; The Nature of Poetry; The Characteristics of Poetry; The Way Poetry Describes Reality; The Power of Metaphors and Images; How Metaphors Work; Interpreting Metaphors; Parallelism; Other Literary Features The Nature of a ProverbA Proverb Captures a Tiny Cross-Section of Truth; Proverbs Are Characterized by Ambiguity; Proverbs Describe the Way Things Usually Work; The Authority of a Proverb; 2. Primary Themes in the Wisdom Books; Job; Job Explores the Relationship between God and Humanity; Job Shows Humanity's Limited Understanding of God's Work and Purposes; Job Shows That God Accepts the Honest Cries of His Hurting People; Job Shows That People Should Serve God for Who He Is Rather Than for Benefits He Provides; Job Teaches Important Lessons about God Job Shows How God's People Should Respond to Circumstances That Call into Question God's Justice and GoodnessProverbs; Biblical Wisdom Begins with the Fear of the Lord; Proverbs Sees both General and Special Revelation as Wisdom from God; Proverbs View of Life: Cause-Effect and Complexity; Important Values in Proverbs; Proverbs Values Moral and Ethical Behavior; Proverbs Values Humility; Proverbs Values Discretion; Proverbs and the Two Ways; Proverbs and the Importance of Application; Ecclesiastes; Ecclesiastes Declares That All Is hebel Ecclesiastes Emphasizes Perplexing Realities about LifeEcclesiastes Affirms the Reality of Human Limits; Ecclesiastes Affirms the Importance of Fearing God and Keeping His Commandments; Ecclesiastes Affirms the Importance of Wisdom and Living Wisely; Ecclesiastes Affirms the Importance of Enjoying Life as God Gives Opportunity; Ecclesiastes Recognizes God's Sovereignty and Providence; Song of Songs; Introduction; Some Approaches to the Song; Working Assumptions about the Song; Primary Themes; The Song Sees Human Love, Sex, and Marriage as Part of God's Design for Creation The Song Reveals Attitudes and Behaviors Important in Relationships between Men and WomenThe Song Provides a Glimpse into How the One-Flesh Relationship Is Designed to Function; The Song Suggests That This Relationship Is a Gift of God That Cannot Be Forced or Manipulated; The Song Allows Us to More Fully Understand the Nature of God; 3. Preparing for Interpretation; The Importance of Ancient Near Eastern Background in Interpreting Wisdom Literature; Helpful Parallels; Significant Differences; Specific Parallels to Old Testament Wisdom Books; Job; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs
Series Title: Handbooks for Old Testament exegesis.

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The wisdom literature of the Bible (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs) is filled with practical principles for everyday life. While some Christians are deterred by the seemingly general nature of these matter-of-fact guidelines, they are as integral to God's purposes for his people as the explicitly theological material that dominates other parts of Scripture. The wisdom books in their own unique way enrich and strengthen the church. From back cover.

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