Dictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry and Writings
The Old Testament books of wisdom and poetry carry themselves differently from those of the Pentateuch, the histories or the prophets. The divine voice does not peal from Sinai, there are no narratives carried along by prophetic interpretation nor are...
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The Old Testament books of wisdom and poetry carry themselves differently from those of the Pentateuch, the histories or the prophets. The divine voice does not peal from Sinai, there are no narratives carried along by prophetic interpretation nor are oracles declaimed by a prophet. Here Scripture often speaks in the words of human response to God and God's world. The hymns, laments and thanksgivings of Israel, the dirge of Lamentations, the questionings of Qohelet, the love poetry of the Song of Songs, the bold drama of Job and the proverbial wisdom of Israel all offer their textures to this great body of biblical literature. Then too there are the finely crafted stories of Ruth and Esther that narrate the silent providence of God in the course of Israelite and Jewish lives.
This third Old Testament volume in IVP's celebrated "Black Dictionary" series offers nearly 150 articles covering all the important aspects of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther. Over 90 contributors, many of them experts in this literature, have contributed to the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings. This volume maintains the quality of scholarship that students, scholars and pastors have come to expect from this series.
Coverage of each biblical book includes an introduction to the book itself as well as separate articles on their ancient Near Eastern background and their history of interpretation. Additional articles amply explore the literary dimensions of Hebrew poetry and prose, including acrostic, ellipsis, inclusio, intertextuality, parallelism and rhyme. And there are well-rounded treatments of Israelite wisdom and wisdom literature, including wisdom poems, sources and theology. In addition, a wide range of interpretive approaches is canvassed in articles on hermeneutics, feminist interpretation, form criticism, historical criticism, rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches.
The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings is sure to command shelf space within arm's reach of any student, teacher or preacher working in this portion of biblical literature.
Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Mars Hill Graduate School, Westminster Theological Seminary and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Mars Hill, Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary.
He is the author of commentaries on The Book of Job (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) along with the published volume on Proverbs; Exodus (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) and Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary), Daniel, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.
Longman is the author of How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs and Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and co-editor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible and co-author with Dan Allender of Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery and The Intimate Marriage Bible Studies.
Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is senior fellow of biblical studies for The BioLogos Foundation, an organization founded by Francis Collins that explores, promotes, and celebrates the integration of science and Christian faith. He was professor of Old Testament and Biblical hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He is the author of Poetry and Wisdom; Exodus Retold; Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament and Exodus (NIV Application Commentary series).
His latest works are Ecclesiastes (Two Horizons Commentary); Three Views on the New Testaments Use of the Old Testament co-written with Walter Kaiser and Darrell Bock and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins (Brazos, 2012)
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