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Overview

Proverbial teaching is one of the most ancient forms of instruction—handed down in short, pithy, easy-to-remember sayings, proverbs have long been used to instruct and exhort. The book of Proverbs, in keeping with the form, is designed for reflection and practical application. Amassing some of the most significant studies on Proverbs from the seventeenth to the early-twentieth centuries, these volumes put the Old Testament book under the microscope.

This collection includes more than 5,000 pages of interpretation, observation, translation, contextual history, reflection, and practical application. A rich and varied selection, it combines accessibility and scholastic richness. The collection is essential for students, scholars, pastors, historians, teachers of the Bible, and anyone else studying the book of Proverbs.

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Get even more time-tested resources with the Classic Commentaries and Studies on Proverbs.

Key Features

  • Presents more than 5,000 pages of scholarship on the book of Proverbs
  • Includes contributions from notable authors from a variety of backgrounds
  • Provides analysis ranging from practical application to linguistic analysis

Product Details

  • Title: Classic Commentaries and Studies on Proverbs Upgrade
  • Volumes: 15
  • Pages: 5,137
  • Resource Type: Commentaries
  • Topic: Proverbs

Individual Titles

A Commentary on the Book of Proverbs: Attributed to Abraham Ibn Ezra

  • Author: Abraham Ibn Ezra
  • Editor: S.R. Driver
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 86

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In this volume, legendary rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra examines the poetry, language, and philosophy behind the Hebrew Proverbs. More than 800 years after his death, his commentaries remain well respected. His wide travels and extensive studies afforded him a unique intellectual perspective. English biblical scholar S.R. Driver compiles Ezra’s original Hebrew commentary and provides an introduction in English.

Abraham Ibn Ezra (1089–1164) was a distinguished medieval Jewish man of letters and poet. He wrote on a wide variety of subjects, including Hebrew grammar, mathematics, astronomy, and biblical criticism. He is also the author of a commentary on Isaiah.

S.R. Driver (1846–1914) was an English clergyman, Hebrew scholar, and fellow of New College, Oxford. Driver wrote commentaries on Samuel, Leviticus, Joel, Daniel, Deuteronomy, Job, Jeremiah, Genesis, and the Minor Prophets. He was the father of biblical scholar Godfrey Rolles Driver.

An American Commentary on the Old Testament: Proverbs

  • Author: J.T. Marshall
  • Publisher: American Baptist Publication Society
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 100

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In this classic evangelical commentary, J.T. Marshall exposits each of the proverbs. He also provides an introduction to the context, form, and purpose of Proverbs. This pastoral-level commentary is a valuable resource for practical insights into the Old Testament text.

J.T. Marshall was a twentieth-century biblical scholar and principal of the Manchester Baptist College. He also authored commentaries on Job and Ecclesiastes.

The Book of Proverbs

  • Author: Thomas J. Conant
  • Publisher: Sheldon & Company
  • Publication Date: 1872
  • Pages: 289

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This broad commentary presents the Proverbs in the original Hebrew alongside the KJV and Revised Version. Thomas J. Conant provides a set of accessible commentary notes based on the Revised Version, as well as critical notes based on the original Hebrew and the Revised Version. Conant’s commentary combines the advantages “both of a learned and of a popular commentary, while neither interferes with the other.”

Thomas J. Conant (1802–1891) was a biblical scholar and translator who wrote broadly on preaching and theology. He is also the author of commentaries on Job, Psalms, and Genesis.

The Book of Proverbs: With a Commentary

  • Author: J. Terence Forestell
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1960
  • Pages: 96

This book of Proverbs is a unique book of the Bible, focusing on practical wisdom. In this commentary, J. Terence Forestell analyzes the theology these practical verses, seeking a cohesive vision of God and humanity’s purpose throughout all of the proverbs.

J. Terence Forestell was a twentieth-century theologian and biblical scholar. He is also the author of The Word of the Cross: Salvation as Revelation in the Fourth Gospel, A Ministers of Christ: The Christological Dimension of Ministry in the New Testament, and The Book of Exodus: With a Commentary.

Observations upon the First Three Chapters of Proverbs

  • Author: Francis Taylor
  • Publisher: Henry Eversden
  • Publication Date: 1655
  • Pages: 574

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In this broad commentary, seventeenth-century Puritan Francis Taylor examines the first three chapters of Proverbs from grammatical, rhetorical, theological, and logical frameworks. This commentary represents some of the earliest biblical scholarship from the beginning of the Enlightenment.

Francis Taylor was a seventeenth-century Puritan preacher and theologian.

Original Notes on the Book of Proverbs mostly from Eastern Writings, vol. 1: Chapters 1–10

  • Author: Solomon Caesar Malan
  • Publisher: Williams and Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1889
  • Pages: 526

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Solomon Ceasar Malan, noted linguist and orientalist, examines Proverbs in the context of the ancient Near East. Malan’s notes explore how Proverbs impacted wisdom literature throughout the East and how they have been received throughout the centuries. This first volume covers Proverbs chapter one through ten.

Solomon Caesar Malan (1812–1894) was an Anglican divine and orientalist. Malan was the vicar of Broadwindsor in Dorset, England. Malan is the author of Meditations for Every Wednesday and Friday in Lent. He was a noted linguist, fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Coptic, Chinese, English, and other languages.

Original Notes on the Book of Proverbs mostly from Eastern Writings, vol. 2: Chapters 11–20

  • Author: Solomon Caesar Malan
  • Publisher: Williams and Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 748

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Solomon Ceasar Malan, noted linguist and orientalist, examines Proverbs in the context of the ancient Near East. Malan’s notes explore how Proverbs impacted wisdom literature throughout the East and how they have been received throughout the centuries. This first volume covers Proverbs chapter 11 through 20.

Solomon Caesar Malan (1812–1894) was an Anglican divine and orientalist. Malan was the vicar of Broadwindsor in Dorset, England. Malan is the author of Meditations for Every Wednesday and Friday in Lent. He was a noted linguist, fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Coptic, Chinese, English, and other languages.

Original Notes on the Book of Proverbs mostly from Eastern Writings, vol. 3: Chapters 21–31

  • Author: Solomon Caesar Malan
  • Publisher: Williams and Norgate
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 620

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Solomon Ceasar Malan, noted linguist and orientalist, examines Proverbs in the context of the ancient Near East. Malan’s notes explore how Proverbs impacted wisdom literature throughout the East and how they have been received throughout the centuries. This final volume covers Proverbs chapter 21 through 31.

Solomon Caesar Malan (1812–1894) was an Anglican divine and orientalist. Malan was the vicar of Broadwindsor in Dorset, England. Malan is the author of Meditations for Every Wednesday and Friday in Lent. He was a noted linguist, fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Coptic, Chinese, English, and other languages.

Proverbs and Didactic Poems

  • Authors: Millar Burrows and Charles Foster Kent
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1927
  • Pages: 236

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In this volume, two renowned Old Testament scholars, Millar Burrows and Charles Foster Kent, furnish readers with a practical tool for studying and teaching Proverbs. Their study is based on the original Hebrew. Dividing and analyzing the proverbs according to topic, they create a systematic study of God, man, and ethics according to Proverbs.

Millar Burrows (1889–1980) was assistant professor of biblical literature and history of religions at Brown University. Burrows was director and president of the American School of Oriental Research.

Charles Foster Kent (1867–1925) was Woolsey Professor of Biblical Literature at Yale University. He is the author of The Historical Bible series, which presents an accessible chronology of biblical events in their historical context. He also contributed to The Messages of the Bible series, which provides a scholarly paraphrase of each section of the Bible.

The People’s Bible: Proverbs

  • Author: Joseph D. Parker
  • Series: The People’s Bible
  • Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls Co.
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 456

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Featuring notes, prayers, and detailed treatments of each proverb, this commentary is ideally suited for lay Bible study. Informative and comprehensive without being technical, Joseph Parker’s commentary provides a well-rounded study of ancient Hebrew wisdom.

Joseph D. Parker (1830–1902) studied at University College and Cavendish College. Parker is also the author of commentaries on Colossians and Thessalonians, Judges and Samuel, and Acts. He was a pastor in Banbury from 1853 to 1858 and then at Cavendish Street Chapel in Manchester until 1869, when he became the pastor of Poultry Chapel in London. He served as chairman of the London Congregational Board and the Congregational Union of England and Wales.

The Proverb

  • Author: Archer Taylor
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1931
  • Pages: 223

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In this scholarly work, Archer Taylor examines the biblical book of Proverbs as an example of the ancient literary form. His study sheds light on the form and purpose of the Hebrew wisdom literature, providing valuable insight for biblical scholars and preachers.

Archer Taylor (1890–1973) was a distinguished proverb and folklore scholar. He was professor of German literature and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Way of Life: Illustrations of the Book of Proverbs for the Young

  • Author: James Jeffrey
  • Publisher: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 298

Proverbs is a uniquely practical book of the Bible. In this volume, James Jeffrey takes the timeless wisdom of Proverbs and illustrates it for young readers.

One would not naturally select the book of Proverbs as furnishing material of special attractiveness to one who seeks to win the attention of children, but this is the book chosen by the author of The Way of Life. By apt illustration and a clear way of putting things he gives the teaching of the book attractiveness and grip.

The American Journal of Theology

Will be of great value to teachers.

Northwestern Christian Advocate

James Jeffrey was pastor of Trinity United Free Church in Glasgow, Scotland. He earned his DD from the University of Glasgow.

The Way of Understanding: and Other Studies in the Book of Proverbs

  • Author: Joseph Warschauer
  • Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 332

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Compiled from 25 topical sermons on Proverbs, this practical volume offers guidance for everyday life. English preacher Joseph Warschauer’s work is broadly accessible as it applies Proverbs, “to the life of today, and in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The sermons also provide valuable insight into pre–World War I preaching in England.

Joseph Warschauer was an English pastor in the early twentieth century. He is also the author of Problems of Immanence: Studies Critical and Constructive.

The Wisdom of the Son of David: An Exposition of the First Nine Chapters of the Book of Proverbs

  • Author: Richard M. Benson
  • Publisher: Bell and Daldy
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 337

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Examining the early chapters of Proverbs, Anglican priest Richard M. Benson argues that the word wisdom in these opening chapters refers to Christ and the Word of God. Benson seeks to show how these chapters are more than “an earthly discourse.” He demonstrates how this view of the word Wisdom yields special insights into the mystery of Christ’s divine and human nature, exhibiting the character of “incarnate savior.”

Richard M. Benson (1824–1915) was an Anglican priest and the founder of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, the first religious order of monks in the Anglican Communion.

The Wise Men of Ancient Israel and their Proverbs

  • Author: Charles Foster Kent
  • Publisher: Silver Burdett & Company
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 216

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According to Charles Foster Kent, “old people ordinarily find great pleasure in reading [Proverbs], since it . . . so truly and pointedly expresses their own life experiences. . . . But to the great majority of Bible students, especially to the young, for whom is has the most valuable message, it is terra incognita.” Kent argues that this is because the Western mind has difficulty understanding the structure and purpose of the Hebrew proverb. In this volume, he seeks to classify all of the proverbs and provides analysis that is “brief, to the point,” enabling a quick and easy understanding of each proverb.

Charles Foster Kent (1867–1925) was Woolsey Professor of Biblical Literature at Yale University. He is the author of The Historical Bible series, which presents an accessible chronology of biblical events in their historical context. He also contributed to The Messages of the Bible series, which provides a scholarly paraphrase of each section of the Bible.