The book of Proverbs is full of recurring themes, characters, and poetic forms. It covers everything from wealth and poverty, to archetypical characters such as “the foolish man” and “the righteous person.” But one of its most compelling features is the practical advice it offers parents and children. With the Proverbs Explorer in Logos 6, tracking down that wisdom is simple and intuitive. You can group and locate proverbs based on theme, type, characters, and even poetic form. In this video, I’ll show you how to quickly discover every proverb written from a father’s perspective, then refine your search to those written with the poetic structure known as “antithetical parallelism.”
The best way to continue your study
- NICOT: Wisdom Literature – This collection from the New International Commentary on the Old Testament includes Bruce Waltke’s commentary on Proverbs. If you’ve ever used Waltke before, you know his exegesis is characterized by careful, historically informed interpretation and a commitment to sound Christian doctrine.
- Tremper Longman’s Proverbs Commentary – Tremper Longman literally wrote the book on how to read Proverbs, and his commentary from the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament gives you a detailed look at how he applies the techniques he describes in that introduction. If you’re studying Old Testament wisdom literature in general, you should dig into the entire Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms. It includes Longman on Proverbs and Job, John Goldingay on Psalms, and more.
- Studies on Proverbs – For a slightly more focused and scholarly take on Proverbs, this three-volume collection is worth your time. It includes monographs on poetic structure, the themes of wealth and poverty, and other issues you’ll encounter in your study.
- God’s Wisdom in Proverbs – This introduction to the study of Proverbs is the perfect jumping-off point, whether you’re a seasoned scholar, seminary student, or everyday Christian seeking God’s wisdom. Dan Phillips’ reflections on the original Hebrew sheds new light on a book that, though familiar to most Christians, is often misinterpreted and misapplied.
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