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.
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.
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.
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.