Item description for Proverbs (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) by Leo G. Perdue, James Luther Mays & Patrick D. Jr. Miller...
Overview The author of "Families in Ancient Israel" explores Proverbs as part of the Wisdom tradition and shows how the book offers guidance on how to live in harmony with God, with one's community, and with creation.
The book of Proverbs is a collection of sayings, poems, and "life's little instructions." Wrestling with the values of things such as creation, livelihood, or moral character, Proverbs exhorts its readers to seek the higher ideals--knowledge, discipline, piety, and order--and offers guidance on how to live in harmony with God, others, and oneself.
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.05" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Interpretation Commentary
ISBN 0804231168 ISBN13 9780804231169 UPC 008042311689
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More About Leo G. Perdue, James Luther Mays & Patrick D. Jr. Miller
Leo G. Perdue is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX, USA. He is the author of numerous books, including Wisdom and Creation: The Theology of Wisdom Literature (Abingdon, 1994, Second printing, 1995), After the Collapse of History: New Approaches to Biblical Theology (Fortress. 2005), and Sword and Stylus: An Invitation to Wisdom in the Age of Empires (Eerdmans, 2008). He is the series editor for The Library of Biblical Theology at Abingdon Press and Vandenhoeck &Ruprecht's Library of Wisdom. He is the English editor The Biblical Encyclopedia (Kohlhammer, Deutsch; SBL Press, English).
Leo G. Perdue has published or released items in the following series...
Blackwell Companions to Religion
Family, Religion, and Culture
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
Library of Biblical Theology
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
Overtures to Biblical Theology
Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study
Reviews - What do customers think about Proverbs (Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching)?
Review of "Proverbs" by Perdue in Interpretation Series Aug 18, 2006
The subtitle for the individual volumes in the Interpretation series of commentaries is, "A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching." The volumes I have read do an excellent job of providing basic discussion on the meaning and interpretation of the biblical text and then offering suggestions for how to teach or preach that text to a contemporary audience.
The volume on Proverbs is more concerned with discussing historical issues involving the proverbs. How were they collected? How did they make it into the book of Proverbs? When were they written? What was the social and political concerns of the day? This discussion is often elucidating and helpful. But, I think the commentary is weak in two areas.
One, there is not much discussion of individual proverbs and what they might mean today.
Two, there is not much direction in how to teach or preach the message of the proverbs today.
If you want historical background of the proverbs, buy this book. If you want interpretative discussion and teaching/preaching direction, look instead to Dave Bland's commentary (College Press, 1 vol), Murphy's (Word, 1 vol) or Waltke's (Eerdman's, 2 vols). (See my reviews on each of these).