What Proverbs meant to its original audience—and what it means to Christians today.
On one hand, Proverbs is perfectly straightforward—a collection of short statements on how to live wisely and well. On the other, the advice of Proverbs, written millennia ago, can seem disconnected from the realities of life today.
John Goldingay’s fresh commentary untangles Proverbs with an eye toward Christian formation. Examining the text in English, Goldingay explains each verse in its original context without getting bogged down in technical detail. The commentary centers theological insights beneficial to preaching and pastoral work.
The wisdom of Proverbs can’t be reduced to platitudes. It requires something of the reader: thought, reflection, and openness to the Lord. The Commentaries for Christian Formation Proverbs guides us in the journey of faith seeking understanding.
John Goldingay writes with characteristic verve, clarity, and readability. He not only makes accessible modern scholarly insights, but also utilizes the resources of classic Christian and Jewish interpretation. The wider implications of the biblical text for thought and life today are consistently developed. Here is wisdom, not only in Scripture but also in its interpretation.
—Walter Moberly, Durham University
The commentary, written in accessible style, wrestles incisively with the text, delighting the reader with (among other things) many memorable and quotable turns of phrase. I warmly commend this commentary!
—Iain Provan, Regent College
John Goldingay has been at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1997 and currently serves as the David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology. Before coming to Fuller, Goldingay was principal and a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at St. John’s Theological College in Nottingham, England. He is the author of several books, including Old Testament Theology vol. 1, After Eating the Apricot, and Models for Scripture, as well as commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms. He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature and serves on the editorial board for the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.