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Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction

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The books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are rooted in the order created by the one true God. Their steady gaze penetrates to the very nature of created reality and leads us toward peace and human flourishing. Craig Bartholomew and Ryan O'Dowd tune our ears to hear once again Lady Wisdom calling in the streets. Old Testament Wisdom Literature provides an informed introd ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by IVP Academic
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Brian Collins
This book may be divided into three sections. The first three chapters locate wisdom literature in its ancient context, the last three chapters connect the wisdom literature to Christ, to biblical theology, and to the present. The central section of the book examines the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Each book receives an overview followed by a study of a specific chapter (Prov. 31, Job 28, and Ecc. 3).

The most helpful features of this book are:
-The effort to distinguish OT wisdom fr
Bob Hayton
Few Old Testament books are more puzzling than Job and Ecclesiastes. And few books are more frequently misunderstood and misapplied than Proverbs. The Wisdom literature of the Hebrews may be challenging for Western minds to grasp, but it is very rewarding. Craig Bartholomew and Ryan O’Dowd have helped the student of the Bible’s Wisdom literature immensely with their new book "Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction", from IVP Academic.

The authors aim to introduce the reader t
I used this as textbook for a second/third year college course I recently taught on Job and Proverbs. It was well received and appreciated by almost all of my students. I would use it again without hesitation. Bartholomew and O'Dowd do an excellent job situating Israel's wisdom books within Israel's wisdom tradition and the broader wisdom tradition of the ancient Near East, presenting the best of contemporary research in a very accessible and readable package.
Alun Evans
An excellent introduction to the Wisdom Literature. It is both academically rigorous and pastorally minded.
Michael Brown
Seriously one of the coolest books I have ever read.
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Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is professor of philosophy, religion, and theology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, where he holds the H. Evan Runner Chair. He is the author of Ecclesiastes in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series, an associate editor of Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, and the coauthor, with ...more
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