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Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary #14) [Hardcover]

By Duane A. Garrett (Author)
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The New American Commentary series brings the best of contemporary evangelical scholarship that honors the full trustworthiness and authority of Scripture to the task of serious exegetical and theological exposition of the Word. Duane Garrett turns his keen exegetical skills to the Wisdom literature of the Old Testament. Modern scholarship has all but dismissed any Solomonic connection to Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs, and this has even been the case with some Evangelical scholars. Garrett takes a fresh look in view of new studies on the historical development of biblical Hebrew and, more importantly, in view of his own evaluation of parallels with Ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature, particularly from Egypt and Mesopotamia. He presents stimulating arguments for Solomonic authorship of Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs, as well as for Solomonic background to those portions of Proverbs ascribed to him. A discussion of the nature and development of Israelite wisdom puts his work into context. Particularly helpful is Garrett's discussion of forms and rhetorical strategies in the literature.

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THE NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY is for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound the Scriptures. Notable features include: * commentary based on THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION; * the NIV text printed in the body of the commentary; * sound scholarly methodology that reflects capable research in the original languages; * interpretation that emphasizes the theological unity of each book and of Scripture as a whole; * readable and applicable exposition.

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Studio: Holman Reference
Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.36" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1993
Series  New American Commentary  
Series Number  14  
ISBN  0805401148  
ISBN13  9780805401141  

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More About Duane A. Garrett

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Duane Garrett is John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Garrett has many years of teaching, writing, research and pastoral experience. He has served on the faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Bethel Seminary, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Mid-America Baptist Seminary and Korea Baptist Seminary.

Duane A. Garrett currently resides in Ipswich, in the state of Massachusetts.

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big surprise  Apr 27, 2004
I like to get different points of view in my commentary selection for sermon preparation. I saw the summary of this book and thought it would be a solid but not exceptional conservative viewpoint on date and purpose of these wisdom books.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Garrett a well informed and scholarly conservative, in the tradition of Gleason Archer. He has read, and interacts with the literature on Wisdom Literature, and makes a very good case for an older date, and for Solominic contriubtions to the text.

The Proverbs commetnary is excellent, even the outline, where the seeming random proverbs are listed into a numnber of sub-categories - this is very helpful. Ecclesiastes interacts with some more liberal-evangelical authors who agree with the consensus of a late date for the book - Garrett again makes a strong and informed case for the authorship and purpose of the book.

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the best commentary on ecclesisates and song of songs  Jan 6, 2003
I totally changed my review after reading more carefully the book again. Actually it is the opposite of what I said before. The commentary on Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs are quite excellent, but the commentary on Proverbs is kinda lame. The thing that makes the commentary on Proverbs really bad is the use of Hebrew poetry and then forcing the individual proverbs, hence the name!!!, into artificial poetic sections for purposes of Bible studies!!!??? I thought a good Bible study would let one know how Proverbs was designed, not to make it convenient, so one could start at chapter one and finish at 31!!!!
The Complete Guide to the Book of Proverbs is better.  Jan 2, 2000
Overall this is a very insightful and technical commentary aimed at the serious Bible scholar. Diverse opinions are noted from other Bible scholars followed by the author's personal conclusions. The basic translation used is the New International Version. There are no illustrations or photos. For a more reader friendly yet in-depth and up-to-date commentary on Proverbs read THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE BOOK OF PROVERBS by Cody Jones. The book includes many historical drawings and photos to give you a sense of the culture of the time. Six translations in parallel aid understanding and there is a topical guide to 96 themes of Proverbs. Jones points out numerous Biblical characters who illustrate King Solomon's witty observations on human nature.

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