Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs

Author: Ellen F. Davis
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664255220
Category: Religion
Page: 306
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These books of the Bible, despite their differences, all treat the phenomenon of what it means to live wisely before God. In this readable commentary, Ellen Davis points out that the writers of these books considered wisdom--and the fruits of wisdom, a well-ordered life and a peaceful mind--to be within the grasp of anyone wholeheartedly desiring it. Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.

1 Kings 1 to 11, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes

The Rise and Fall of Solomon
Author: John F. MacArthur
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0718034872
Category: Religion
Page: 160
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Solomon is known as the wisest man who ever lived. His writings in the Old Testament range from practical, pithy proverbs to beautiful romantic poetry—and all are filled with his knowledge and insights. Yet behind those writings stood a flawed man who was conflicted between deep wisdom and tragic folly. Sadly, the king who warned against so many sins did not follow his own advice, and he wound up leading Israel into idolatry. Nevertheless, his life and writings provide valuable lessons for us today in the twenty-first century. In this study, John MacArthur guides readers through an in-depth look at the historical period beginning with Solomon’s ascent to the throne and continuing through his tragic end. Studies include close-up examinations of the vital importance of wisdom—with portraits of the wise woman, the foolish sluggard, and others in the book of Proverbs—and careful considerations of doctrinal themes such as “True Wisdom from God” and “A Time for Everything.” The MacArthur Bible Studies provide intriguing examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide incorporates extensive commentary, detailed observations on overriding themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with guidance from John MacArthur.

Exploring the Old Testament

A Guide to the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
Author: Ernest C. Lucas
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830853111
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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Ernest C. Lucas provides an informed, illuminating and interactive introduction to the ancient background, the literary artistry, and the varied and timeless messages of the Psalms and Wisdom literature.

How to Read Proverbs

Author: Tremper Longman III
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830875610
Category: Religion
Page: 175
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Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. A perverse person spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise. Everyday we make choices on the path of life. Proverbs are memorable capsules of wisdom, chiseled in words and polished through use by those who have traveled that path ahead of us. But the proverbs of the Bible make a greater claim than "a penny saved is a penny earned." They are woven into the web of divine revelation, rooted in the "fear of the Lord" that is the beginning of wisdom. While many proverbs speak to us directly, we can gain much greater insight by studying the book of Proverbs as a whole, understanding its relationship to ancient non-Israelite wisdom and listening to its conversation with the other great voices of wisdom in Scripture--Job and Ecclesiastes. In How to Read Proverbs Tremper Longman III provides a welcome guide to reading and studying, understanding and savoring the Proverbs for all their wisdom. Most important for Christian readers, we gain insight into how Christ is the climax and embodiment of wisdom.

How to Read the Bible

A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now
Author: James L. Kugel
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743235878
Category: Religion
Page: 848
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A reader's companion to the Bible draws on classic interpretations as well as modern scholarship to explain how the Bible may also be a metaphorical reflection of anthropological history.

Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms

Author: Daniel J. Estes
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9781441201577
Category: Religion
Page: 448
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This valuable resource introduces readers to the Old Testament books of wisdom and poetry--Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs--and helps them better understand each book's overall flow. Estes summarizes some of each book's key issues, offers an exposition of the book that interacts with major commentaries and recent studies, and concludes with an extensive bibliography. Now in paperback.

The Wisdom Books

Job to Song of Solomon
Author: J. Stafford Wright,H. L. Ellison,Arthur E. Cundall
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1909680265
Category: Religion
Page: 257
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The five wisdom books are distinctly different from each other, but have as a unifying theme a contrast between “the righteous” and “the ungodly,” and not simply between “the wise” and “the fool.” Job wrestles with why a righteous person suffers. Psalms, the most beloved book of the Old Testament, is a hymnbook. Proverbs contains practical, everyday philosophy. Ecclesiastes is about the apparent futility of life. And the Song of Solomon is a drama that extols the preciousness of human love. The Open Your Bible Commentary was written to encourage daily Bible study. Although each reading is short, the content is rich with careful explanation, devotional warmth, and practical relevance. More than 200 daily readings let you explore all five wisdom books in depth. The commentary for each of the wisdom books is introduced by an overview, summary, outline, key themes, and relevance of that book for today.

The Literary Guide to the Bible

Author: Robert Alter,Frank Kermode
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674875319
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 678
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Offers guidance for reading and studying each book of the Old and New Testament.

A Beginner's Guide to the Books of the Bible

Author: Diane L. Jacobson,Robert Kysar
Publisher: Augsburg Books
ISBN: 9781451406580
Category: Religion
Page: 125
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Before starting to read one of the 66 books in the Bible, it is helpful to have an overview of the book. A Beginner's Guide to the Books of the Bible provides accurate, concise, and easy-to-understand introductions to each of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament. Each description discusses the book's purpose, approximate date of composition, authorship, contents, and distinctive features. Also included are introductions to larger sections of the Bible, such as the major and minor prophets.


Author: Katherine M. Hayes
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 081464788X
Category: Religion
Page: 120
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Every culture finds ways to pass along its wisdom from one generation to the next. Old Testament Wisdom literature - comprised of the books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and Wisdom - raises the big "questions for the people of Israel: Why do the righteous suffer? "Why do we die? What is the meaning of life? The book of Proverbs organizes memorable sayings that lead to insight and understanding about the world that can inform the way we live. Speaking universally of the human condition, it paints a poetic portrait of wisdom as it guides members of the community, especially the young, in how to get along in life.

Walking with God in Every Season

Ecclesiastes/Song of Solomon/Lamentations
Author: Kay Arthur,Pete De Lacy
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736937676
Category: Religion
Page: 112
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Kay Arthur, whose books in the New Inductive Study Series have sold more than 1.4 million copies, joins Pete De Lacy in this look at three short, not-to-be-missed gems of the Old Testament: Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Lamentations. By learning and practicing the techniques of observation, interpretation, and application, readers will discover for themselves the signs of divine inspiration in these unique books and understand how to walk with God in every season. Digging into Ecclesiastes, readers will wrestle with life's apparent inconsistencies and futility and find clear pointers to the ultimate meaning of life. Exploring the Song of Solomon, they will determine whether the message pertains mainly to the physical and emotional bonds of marriage, to Israel's relationship to God, to the church's relationship to Jesus, or to the individual believer's relationship to Christ. In Lamentations, readers will see the avoidable tragedies caused by sin and the never-ending covenant love of God.

What the Bible Is All About Handbook Revised NIV Edition

A study for adults through the life of Jesus, designed to inform and inspire!
Author: Henrietta C. Mears
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
ISBN: 0830759662
Category: Religion
Page: 832
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Discover Jesus in the Pages of the Bible reveals the true story of Jesus through the four gospels. Drawn from one of the best-selling Bible handbooks in history, this special Jesus edition beautifully summarizes critical information, key Scripture passages and personal application from the gospels. • Paperbound, 176 pages • Excellent small group study • Five chapters, one overview and one related to each gospel writer • Includes study guide, Bible reading plan and “Steps to Peace with God” • NIV text throughout

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes

A Theological Commentary on the Bible
Author: Amy Plantinga-Pauw
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 1611645662
Category: Religion
Page: 376
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In this new volume in the Belief series, Amy Plantinga Pauw reveals how the biblical books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, while often overlooked, are surprisingly relevant for Christian faith today. Both biblical books probe everyday human experiences. They speak to those who seek meaning and purpose in an uncertain world and encourage us to look for God's presence in human life, not in divine visions or messages. They show openness to wisdom insights from many sources, urging us to find the commonalities and connections of our wisdom with those of our religious neighbors. Ultimately, these books affirm that true wisdom, whatever its human source, comes from God. Pauw includes reflections for preaching and teaching throughout her study.


Author: R. Norman Whybray
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781850752110
Category: Religion
Page: 87
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Ecclesiastes is at once a strange book and a modern one, at once enigmatic and curiously familiar. Here we find a man detached from the world and yet intensely aware of it, setting down in writing his thoughts about human life. Yet from the very first his readers have been unable to agree about his basic attitude to life. Whybray sorts through the options by asking questions regarding the author, his times, his language and his ideas.

Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed

Author: Derek R. Nelson
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567325512
Category: Religion
Page: 168
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Christianity concerns itself with salvation. But salvation implies something from which one must be saved, as reconciliation implies an estrangement and redemption a loss. The classical theological symbol naming the problem to which salvation is the solution is sin. Interpreting the meaning of sin, however, has become difficult for two reasons: sin has become a taboo subject in popular discourse, and has acquired an extremely broad meaning in recent theology. Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed is intended as a mid-level, comprehensive introduction to the notion of sin and its significance for Christian theology. Nelson situates and interprets biblical material on sin, and then offers a lucid history of the doctrine. He elucidates Augustine's conception of original sin and defends it against its many caricatures. Special attention is paid to sin as an ordinary, yet highly interruptive, phenomenon in the lives of individuals. This is supplemented by a careful look at the non-individualistic dimensions of sin, and an appreciation of how sin relates to other key theological commitments.

Without Regrets

A Study of Ecclesiastes
Author: Kristi Burchfiel
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1615665005
Category: Religion
Page: 171
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If only... Each person alive could complete that thought with any number of phrases expressing sorrow, lost wishes, and faded dreams. In a word: regrets. But, are regrets inevitable? Without Regrets: A Study of Ecclesiastes meets this question head on. This study aims to help readers Understand The basic principles found in the Bible for recognizing actions and attitudes that lead to regrets, while learning through examples from the life of Solomon. The practical explanations and examples make this study simple enough for a beginner, yet the profound truths will be challenging for even the seasoned Bible scholar. What does it take to live a life Without Regrets? Join author Kristi Burchfiel as she guides you through the book of Ecclesiastes to seek out the answer.