Item description for The Book of Proverbs (Cambridge Bible Commentaries on the Old Testament) by R. N. Whybray...
Overview Describes the ancient Near-Eastern custom of producing collections of wisdom in the form of aphorisms and proverbs for the education of the young.
Publishers Description Dr Whybray's volume, like the others in the series, contains the text in the New English Bible translation, with introductory material preceding, and a commentary directly following, each section of text. Dr Whybray describes the ancient Near Eastern tradition of producing collections of 'wisdom': instructions in the form of aphorisms and proverbs, for the education of the young for a happy and successful career. He indicates the dependence of Proverbs on this tradition, but also points out how the Israelite authors modified it. The book contains three kinds of material: sections whose form and character are hardly distinguishable from the instructions of Egypt and Mesopotamia; others where, in spite of a more specifically Israelite dress, the aim remains the achievement of a successful life; and finally passages in which the main purpose has now become the pursuit of a wisdom conforming entirely with the 'fear of the Lord'.
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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.16" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1976
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Bible Commentary - New
ISBN 0521096790 ISBN13 9780521096799
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More About R. N. Whybray
The late was Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the Univeristy of Hull.
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