Category Archives: Proverbs

Fools in the Book of Proverbs

Well, it’s April Fool’s Day (and appropriately my birthday) and I thought rather than trying to fool everyone with a clever post, I would do a post on the different types of fools in the Hebrew Bible, and more specifically … Continue reading

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How to Understand Proverbs (and Avoid Twisting Scripture)

How do we read and understand individual proverbs found in the book of Proverbs? Do we take them as universal truths? Do we read them as promises from God to be claimed? Either way of reading proverbs, I maintain, is … Continue reading

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The Fear of Yahweh and the Hermeneutics of Wisdom

I’m teaching a course on wisdom literature this semester and I thought I would do a few posts relating to the wisdom literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. In this first post I want to look at what I think … Continue reading

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My Favourite Proverb Visualized

I came across this drawing when looking for a picture of a cow for my daughter: This has got to be my favourite proverb — not just because it is vulgar (and reminds me that the Bible is a gritty, … Continue reading

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Goldingay on Psalms and Other Commentary Updates

I’ve added a few new commentaries in the Wisdom & Psalms section of my OT Commentary Survey. One commentary that I want to single out among the updates is John Goldingay’s superb volume on Psalms 1-41: Goldingay, John. Psalms, Volume … Continue reading

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A Survey of Commentaries on the Book of Proverbs

OK, so I’m on a Proverbs kick tonight. In advance of the online colloquium entitled on recent trends in the interpretation of the Book of Proverbs on the Biblical Studies discussion list, I thought I could offer a modest survey … Continue reading

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My Favourite Proverb

Since I am on the topic of Proverbs (see my previous post), I can’t resist sharing my favourite biblical proverb: כְּ֭כֶלֶב שָׁ֣ב עַל־קֵאֹ֑ו כְּ֝סִ֗יל שֹׁונֶ֥ה בְאִוַּלְתֹּֽו Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who reverts to … Continue reading

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Recent Trends in Interpretation and Exegesis: The Compilation and Redaction of the Book of Proverbs

Beginning next week, the Biblical Studies discussion list will be hosting an online colloquium entitled “Proverbs — Recent Trends in Interpretation and Exegesis.” The guest scholar for the colloquium is Knut Martin Heim, Tutor in Biblical Studies at the Queen’s … Continue reading

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