Interpreting Old Testament Wisdom Literature
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In popular perception, Wisdom literature is a "self-help" or "philosophy" section of the Old Testament library—the odd and interesting bits of canonical mortar between History and Prophets. But Old Testament scholarship has come to see the wisdom of the wise as reflecting an aspect of the Israelite worldview, not something totally foreign. The covenant beliefs are presupposed, even if rarely rising to the surface.

The focus of Interpreting Old Testament Wisdom Literature is on both wisdom books and wisdom ideas. Part one surveys recent developments in the field of Old Testament wisdom. Part two discusses some issues that have arisen in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, and examines Song of Songs as a wisdom text. Part Three explores topics, such as wisdom in Ruth, in Psalms, and in biblical theology.

This volume is edited by David G. Firth and Lindsay Wilson and contains contributions from Christopher B. Ansberry, Craig G. Bartholomew, Lennart Bostrvm, Ros Clarke, Katharine J. Dell, David G. Firth, Gregory Goswell, Ernest C. Lucas, Brittany N. Melton, Simon Stocks, Lindsay Wilson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 083085178X
ISBN-13: 9780830851782

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Editor Bios

Lindsay Wilson is academic dean and senior lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College, Australia. He has also taught in India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Malaysia, and England.

David G. Firth is Old Testament tutor and head of research at St John's College, Nottingham, England. He is the author of 1 & 2 Samuel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary), The Message of Esther, and The Message of Joshua, and he is the coeditor of Interpreting the Psalms, Interpreting Isaiah, and Words & the Word.

Editorial Reviews

"David Firth and Lindsay Wilson have placed us in their debt by compiling this excellent collection on Old Testament wisdom. Drawing together esteemed senior scholars as well as insightful younger voices in the field, this anthology provides a rich and expansive description of the study of Old Testament wisdom today. Be prepared to be informed, challenged, stretched, and inspired by this superb volume."

—Daniel J. Estes, distinguished professor of Old Testament, Cedarville University

"With the assistance of nine other scholars, Firth and Wilson have provided us with the finest of introductions to the theological reading and research of Old Testament wisdom. Wide ranging in its coverage of the biblical and modern literature and clear in its explanation of major issues and themes, this book will benefit students, teachers, and all who love wisdom."

—Richard S. Hess, Denver Seminary

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    Heres a scholarly book designed to really get at what OT wisdom literature is and what scholarship has thought it to be. Edited by David Firth and Lindsay Wilson, this book highlights the work of eleven scholars on the oft-debated issues of wisdom literature.

    Part 1 is one chapter by Craig Bartholomew that introduces where the study of OT wisdom is today. That provides a fine overview, including some of the more bizarre things out there.

    Part 2 gives chapters on the four main wisdom books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song by Ernest Lucas, Lindsay Wilson, Katherine Dell, and Rosalind Clarke respectively. All of the chapters were worthwhile providing the reader learning each time.

    Part 3 branches out on themes including seeing Ruth as Wisdom literature, retribution, wisdom, the connection of wisdom and biblical theology, voicing, and a really profound discussion of divine absence. Gregory Goswell, Lennart Bostrom, David Firth, Christopher Ansberry (he was a really good writer), Simon Stocks, and Brittany Melton provided these chapters.

    The book was a solid effort. If you like this type of book, I suggest you check out Five Festal Garments by Barry Webb from the same publisher as well. I predict you will see this volume quoted often in future scholarly works. It would be a worthy addition to your library.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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