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Believer’s Church Bible Commentary: Proverbs (BCBC)


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The Believers Church Bible Commentary Series is published for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today—Sunday school teachers, members of Bible study groups, students, pastors, and other seekers. The series is based on the conviction that God is still speaking to all who will listen, and that the Holy Spirit makes the Word a living and authoritative guide for all who want to know and do God’s will.

Each volume illuminates the Scriptures; provides historical and cultural background; shares necessary theological, sociological, and ethical meanings; and, in general, makes "the rough places plain." Critical issues are not avoided, but neither are they moved into the foreground as debates among scholars. The series aids in the interpretive process, but it does not attempt to supersede the authority of the Word and Spirit as discerned in the gathered church.

The Believers Church Bible Commentary is a cooperative project of Brethren in Christ Church, Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Brethren Church, and Mennonite Church.

Overall Outline

The commentaries are organized into sections according to the major divisions of the text. Each section comprises five parts:

  • An introductory preview
  • A summary outline of the section
  • Explanatory notes
  • The text in its biblical context
  • The text in the life of the church


The nineteenth volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series is unique for its detailed uncovering of evidence for two editions of Proverbs, a first in the time of Solomon and a second in support of King Hezekiah's historic religious reforms. In this light heretofore puzzling features of the book's design, purpose and message are clarified and the book's relevance for its time and ours greatly enhanced.

John W. Miller's commentary is a superb piece of work because of its detailed treatment of nearly every proverb, and his careful placement of the development and purpose of the book in the reign of King Hezekiah in the 8th century as a second edition.

—Laurence Boadt, Paulist Press

Here is solid scholarship with certain unpopular twists and interpretations. In place of a pedantic verse by verse approach, this thematic treatment of Proverbs provides a surprisingly contemporary manual on some critical issues of Christian discipleship. Miller offers very helpful pastoral insights for the 21st-century preacher.

—James M. Lapp, Franconia Mennonite Conference

  • Title: Proverbs
  • Author: John W. Miller
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 351

John W. Miller is Professor Emeritus at Conrad Grebel University College/University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of numerous books, including Jesus at Thirty, Calling God "Father" and most recently, How the Bible Came to Be.


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    I've been a customer for 11-12 years. This was among my first additions when I returned as a customer on April 19. 2012. Now it has been 1⅓ years. I always cite and reference this when I work with this book of the Bible, I'm going to read through this volume, and I recommend it when I have a chance - I have for example in a long thread where I give recommendations about practical commentaries on Christianforums. Another Believer's Church Bible Commentary volume that I rate full ***** is the one on 1-2 Thessalonians, I use it for 1 Thess - it's excellent, I bought it with the Store Credit that was given to those who purchased a base-package upgrade around the time when I did on November 20. 2012.


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