Proverbs 1-9 (Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries Series)
As we enter the new millennium, the search for wisdom is on, with no better place to look than the book of Proverbs. It transcends the ages with timeless wisdom: -- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of...
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As we enter the new millennium, the search for wisdom is on, with no better place to look than the book of Proverbs. It transcends the ages with timeless wisdom: -- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge". -- "For the Lord grants wisdom, at his behest come knowledge and good sense". -- "Happy the man who has found wisdom, the man who obtains good sense. For better her profit than the profit of silver, her yield than that of fine gold. More precious is she than rubies; no valuables can match her". -- "Attend, my son, and take my words, that the years of your life may increase".In "Proverbs 1-9", Bible scholar Michael V. Fox translates and explains the meaning of the first nine chapters of this profound book. A thorough introduction to Proverb, highlighted by an examination of the Egyptian wisdom tradition, as well as a survey of ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature, provide the basis of detailed and insightful comments. In addition to the translation and commentary proper, Fox includes several extended thematic essays and textual notes on Proverbs 1-9, covering such themes as the origins of personified wisdom, what wisdom is, and where wisdom can be found. This substantive book, the first of a two-volume set, at last accords Proverbs the depth of study it deserves, and will assure it a life in print at least as long as the original 1965 Anchor Bible Commentary, Proverbs/Ecclesiastes.
Michael V. Fox (Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem) is Halls-Bascom Professor of Hebrew, University of Wisconsin, Madison. His previous books include Proverbs 1–9; Proverbs 10-31 (Yale University Press) ; The Song of Songs and the Ancient Egyptian Love Songs; Ecclesiastes: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation (The JPS Bible Commentary and ; A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up: A Rereading of Ecclesiastes and Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther.
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