How do we walk in the way of wisdom? How should we respond to suffering? How can we cope with life’s frustrations and sorrows? How ought we to weep? How ought we to love?
The answers can be found in the great “how-to” books of Scripture—the Old Testament’s wisdom literature—but unfortunately, these books are frequently overlooked in biblical theology, despite their immense significance for God’s people. O. Palmer Robertson introduces the concept of biblical wisdom before providing a redemptive-historical analysis of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations. These neglected books offer the contemporary reader inspired insight (and a solid dose of godly realism) into every major realm of human existence: from love and intimacy to grief and calamity.
“The redemptive-historical reading provides the best framework for understanding the Song of Songs” (Page 338)
“In Scripture, wisdom manifests itself most fully in connection with kingship, with humanity’s capacity to rule. The” (Page 5)
“Trees, plants, animals, birds, reptiles, and fish embrace essentially every category of living thing on the face of the earth. The breadth of Solomon’s wisdom represents a restoration of mankind to his pristine condition as the wise sovereign over all creation.” (Page 7)
“In either case, this image of wisdom anticipates all that would later be described from a new covenant perspective as the ‘Word’ that ‘in the beginning’ was ‘face to face with God’ and ‘was God’ (John 1:1).” (Page 58)
“God’s workmanship is so profound that you can never fully understand his purposes” (Page 256)
O. Palmer Robertson gained his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Westminster Seminary and his Master's and Doctorate from Union Theological Seminary, Virginia. Dr. Robertson was active in the establishment of the Presbyterian Church in America and has worked in various church ministries as well as seminary teaching. He has numerous books in print, including Psalms in Congregational Celebration. He is a frequent lecturer and conference speaker in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America.