This article provides seven pointers on how to glean as much as possible from reading Proverbs.
With the teaching of Proverbs in mind, this article explains what [[foolishness] entails: a lack of foresight, a general disregard for consequences, and a desire for what I want. It then offers three things to avoid foolishness: learn from the past, make different choices, and pray for a changed heart.
People and actions are often presented in Proverbs in polar extremes—the wise and the foolish, the righteous and the wicked, and actions that lead to honour or shame.
In this chapter Longman introduces the book of Proverbs. Different aspects of the book are explored: it title, canonicity, place and function in the canon, authorship, date, social setting, text, genre (wisdom), literary style, structure, ancient Near Eastern background, Sumerian wisdom, Egyptian instruction, and Akkadian wisdom.
What is the place of the book of Proverbs within Old Testament theology? To many OT scholars this question is a puzzle. This article proposes that Proverbs should be seen in relation to the prophets as true spiritual yokefellows sharing the same Lord, cultus, faith, hope, anthropology, and epistemology. Seen in this way the puzzle is solved.
One of the themes characterizing the book of Proverbs is that of righteousness. What does it mean to be righteous? This article looks at the meaning of righteousness in the book of Proverbs. It shows how righteousness relates to the law of Moses, and how righteousness manifests itself in social life.
Wisdom is the main theme of the book of Proverbs. Not everyone agrees with the statement that the book of Proverbs presents wisdom as identifying with Christ. Therefore, this article looks at the objection to this based on the fact that wisdom is presented as a woman. The author maintains that understanding the nature of this feminine identification does not nullify the link between wisdom and Christ.
This article introduces the book of Proverbs with a different style, focusing on the doctrinal nature of this book. The author discusses the poetry of this book, as well as its author, content, and theme.
This article is a response to the idea that the book of Proverbs does not speak about Jesus. The author shows how Proverbs points to Christ's life, his being, the gospel, and his resurrection.
This article is an exposition of Proverbs 3:1-12.
Proverbs 3:1-12 is full of promises for the covenant keeper. Are these promises real? This article answers this question by looking at the translation and structure of Proverbs 3. Then it rejects four solutions to the question of promises, after which it offers four acceptable solutions to the question.
This article is a comparison of Proverbs 7 and the Qumran text known as 4Q184. The author argues that the strange woman of Proverbs 7 is an imaginary figure used by the father to teach the son the path of wisdom. The woman symbolizes folly through her used of seductive language, and is very different from the wisdom woman. This text is compared to the Qumran text, which uses the wicked woman to teach wisdom. The author maintains that Proverbs 7 presents the best pedagogy for teaching wisdom.
Is there a specific purpose behind the location of Proverbs 9:7-12 in the book of Proverbs? This essay answers this question and also reflects on perspectives of various scholars regarding the nature of this passage.
What is the identity of the valiant woman in Proverbs 31:10-31? Should the life of the ancient successful woman be understood as speaking of social activities in Israel? Should it be limited to religious virtues relevant to Israel?