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Over 25 years in the making, this much-anticipated commentary promises to be the standard study of Proverbs for years to come. Written by eminent Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke, this two-volume commentary is unquestionably the most comprehensive work on Proverbs available.
Grounded in the literary criticism that has so strengthened biblical interpretation, Waltke’s commentary on Proverbs demonstrates the profound, ongoing relevance of this Old Testament book for Christian faith and life. A thorough introduction addresses such issues as text and versions, structure, authorship, and theology. The detailed commentary itself explains and elucidates Proverbs as “theological literature.” Waltke’s highly readable style—evident even in his original translation of the Hebrew text—makes his scholarly work accessible to teachers, pastors, Bible students, and general readers alike.
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- Verse-by-verse commentary
- In-depth discussion of textual and critical matters
- Introduction to the authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology of Proverbs
Praise for the Print Edition
If serious students of Proverbs had to choose only one resource on the book of Proverbs, they would be wise to choose this magnificent commentary by Bruce K. Waltke.
—Criswell Theological Review
Where is wisdom to be found? The book of Proverbs is an obvious answer, yet readers often find it a jumble of disconnected sayings, with little theological value. Having thought long and deeply about Proverbs, Bruce Waltke offers a wonderful guide through the book, elucidating many problems and showing how skillfully the work was composed. He explains each verse with care and authority, dealing with details of the Hebrew but giving pride of place to exegesis and exposition. Here is a realistic, wise, and godly commentary, better than Keil and Delitzsch for the 21st century.
—Richard J. Clifford, professor of Old Testament, Boston College
Bruce Waltke’s Book of Proverbs is destined to become the outstanding commentary on this book of the Bible. For all who are bored with the apparent ‘stuffiness’ of religion and theology, the analysis of life and living as taught here will restore a good dose of realism all over again.
—Walter C. Kaiser Jr., president emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Meticulous, insightful, illuminating, erudite, devotional, rich, thoughtful, and wise. All of these words describe this important commentary. Everyone who seriously studies Proverbs needs to read this work.
—Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Perhaps the most significant exegetical work on the Book of Proverbs in the last one hundred years. A testimony to [Bruce Waltke’s] interpretive insight and skill, and to his vast experience as an educator and preacher.
- Title: The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Proverbs, Chapters 1–15
- Author: Bruce K. Waltke
- Series: The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 729
About Bruce K. Waltke
Bruce K. Waltke is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, and distinguished professor of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Florida. He is co-author of An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax.