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The Wisdom Literature of the Bible (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs) is filled with practical principles for everyday life. While some Christians are deterred by the pragmatic character 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 tie these two streams of God's revelation together in a way that enriches and strengthens the church.
A thorough resource for pastors and teachers to help them navigate the sometimes bewildering waters of the Wisdom Literature.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Kregel Academic
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Handbooks of OT Exegesis
The Geeky Calvinist4 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful WorkFebruary 15, 2018The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Biblical wisdom books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs are some of the hardest parts of scripture to interpret and preach on. Due to this, unfortunately many pastors and teachers shy away from these integral pieces of scripture. Thankfully Edward M. Curtis has answered pastors and teachers cry for exegetical help in his new work, Interpreting the wisdom books: an exegetical handbook. This is one of the newer works in the series handbooks for Old Testament exegesis. Each work in this series has been magnificent. Unsurprisingly interpreting the wisdom books, Rises to the occasion producing a small, just over 200 pages, work that packs a sizable punch.
Curtis looks at four different aspects of interpreting wisdom literature, in six chapters. In these chapters he discusses the themes that are found in each wisdom book as well as the wisdom books as a unit. He also discusses how to interpret each wisdom book as well as the unit and General guidelines for deeper exegetical interpretation. His last chapter in this work not only sums up the entire book but is of the most help to the preacher. For just like a book on exegetical analysis, chapter 6, putting it all together colon from text to sermon, lays out for steps on how to preach a sermon in any of the wisdom books.
These four steps are a tried-and-true method, which can be found in other literature, but packed with the previous chapters understanding and other helpful to bits this chapter goes above and beyond most exegetical handbooks. The only downside to this work is its length. Before I praised its ability to be short and yet still impactful , yet there is rum for a deeper and wider study of some of the exegetical topics addressed in the wisdom books. Yet even with this small issue , the size will help a busy pastor to work through the text in a shorter amount of time . Therefore I recommend this text to preachers and teachers who wish to dive further into the text who have a basic understanding of the Hebrew language, and who desire to teach and preach exegeticaly. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Helpful!February 8, 2018Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is the latest entry in Kregels series entitled Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis, edited by David M. Howard, Jr. If you have already used the earlier volumes on the Pentateuch, the historical books, the Psalms, the prophetic books, and apocalyptic literature, you know what to expect. This entry is equal in value to its predecessors. It tackles only Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon since the Book of Psalms has its own volume. The series is geared for graduate-level exegesis courses, but any pastor or Bible student could glean from its contents.
The first chapter overviews the task of interpreting Old Testament Wisdom literature. That requires explaining Wisdoms perspective in the biblical sense. The author discusses what he calls the pedagogy of the sages and thoroughly reviews the genres of Wisdom: poetry and proverb.
The next chapter tackles primary themes in the Wisdom books. Each of the four books being studied are discussed one at a time. Outstanding theological themes are shared in this lengthy chapter. Whether you agree with all of them are not, you will be given much food for thought that will advance understanding.
Chapter 3 turns more toward the hermeneutical task. In this chapter, you will learn the importance of the ANE background, textual criticism, and context. This chapter also gives a detailed list of hermeneutical resources that can be consulted. Chapter 4 extends the process by diving into exegesis. Chapter 5 guides the reader into taking that exegesis and turning it into a sermon. Since some portions of these Wisdom writings are the trickiest to turn into sermons, this guidance will be greatly appreciated. Chapter 6 continues the process of sermon building to organizing the material and applying the text. Chapter 7 serves as an appendix of computer and Internet resources.
There is a helpful glossary of terms in the back of the book that defines carefully important highlighted words from the text of the book.
Mr. Curtis has done good work here. Its thorough enough for deep study, yet short and the succinct enough to be used widely. This book can do you a lot of good and I recommend it.
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.