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How to Read Proverbs

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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 ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published October 12th 2002 by IVP Academic (first published September 12th 2002)
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Clark Goble
Jun 01, 2013 Clark Goble rated it it was amazing
This short book is highly readable and well worth the time. Longman does a fantastic job of illustrating the various poetic elements that are incorporated in the Proverbs. The reader of the book will come to appreciate the rich depth of the Proverbs.Early in the book, Longman reveals the dangers in reading the Book of Proverbs with a strictly literal interpretation. The Proverbs are poetic literature and contain all the elements one would expect to find in poetry; such as, imagery and hyperbole. ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it
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This is a great tool for learning how to understand the book of Proverbs as more than a strand of random aphorisms. Tremper Longman does a great job of presenting academic material in an accessible way. He strives to educate his readers on how to interpret contextually and canonically. I will looking for his other books!
Gene Cornett
May 26, 2014 Gene Cornett rated it really liked it
I've had this book on my shelf for a couple of years and have paid scant attention to it. But I was happy to discover that it's been a great help as I began studying Proverbs and preaching through it's themes in recent weeks. I hope this means that others in the How to Read series will be helpful as well and I look forward to digging into them. In particular, this volume handles well the unique interpretation challenges such as the question of whether or not Proverbs are always true. Another un ...more
...finished this "gem" today (smile): thoroughly enjoyed its assistance in expanding the "deeper principle" of the Proverb, and help in illuminating the genuine essence of "Divine" Wisdom, through parallelism, hypotyposis, and general applicability (real or perceived). Having read it as an assigned text (one of 5) for a class, I would highly recommend it for the serious student of Biblical Wisdom Literature, and / or Seminarian.

Nathan Shaver
Mar 04, 2014 Nathan Shaver rated it really liked it
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Great introductory work. Would be valuable for everyone whose been accustomed to reading the text without a proper understanding of the Proverb's original context. The theme studies are great examples of what Sermons and studies in Proverbs can look like.
Eric Chappell
Dec 05, 2014 Eric Chappell rated it really liked it
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A super helpful little introduction to the themes, structure, context, & style of Proverbs.
Paul Seville
Nov 01, 2013 Paul Seville rated it really liked it
How to Read Proverbs is a most satisfying exploration of the book of Proverbs. Longman does not offer an external structure for reading and understanding Proverbs, as some others do, but engages thoroughly with the material at hand. He is able to show its theological nature and internal consistency through the lenses of Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly. In this way he values Proverbs for what it has to contribute to the canon and the contemporary Christian. Recommended for personal study, preachers, y ...more
YK Hwang
Jan 06, 2013 YK Hwang rated it really liked it
This book is not a verse by verse commentary, but it gives bible-lovers a great insight to read through the book of proverbs. It suggests the reasonable and biblical framework to read the Proverbs. I found it always tricky to find a coherence among seems-scattered proverbs through 10 to 31, now I kind of got a clue for it. Looking forward to reading Proverbs according to my yearly bible reading plan this year, feel like I can dig out more treasure from it more than ever :)
CJ Bowen
Oct 09, 2015 CJ Bowen rated it really liked it
Clear and concise thematic/theological/literary intro, rather than a commentary. Gives the outlines of a proper interpretive stance, and deftly deals with the major themes of Proverbs. Chapter 6 (Amenemope) was interesting, but disproportionately long for a short book. The principles for reading at the end are very helpful, especially for preaching/teaching.
Jan 31, 2011 Caleb rated it really liked it
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A great help introducing proverbs in light of the canon, particularly its relationship to Job, Ecclesiastes, and Christ in the New Testament. Someone lacking in its discussion of practical themes in proverbs...a lot of citations without much comment.
Michael Brown
Nov 11, 2012 Michael Brown rated it it was amazing
A very good book in helping me see Proverbs in a better light.
Jul 19, 2011 Robby rated it liked it
Apparently, proverbs are not absolute, and wisdom is skill in living.
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You'd be wise to read it.
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Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for eighteen years. He has authored or coauthored numerous books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read Proverbs, and commentaries on Daniel, ...more
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