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Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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 May 27th 2011 by IVP Academic (first published April 27th 2011)
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Brian Collins
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
John Kight
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction by Craig G. Bartholomew and Ryan P. O’Dowd is a clear and accessible introduction to wisdom literature with a unique focus upon the theological contribution of the Old Testament books. The goal of the book is to open a conversation amongst readers towards an embrace and embodiment of the theology of the Old Testament wisdom literature today (p. 16). This is accomplished through rigorous engagement with the biblical text and interaction ...more
Bob Hayton
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Matthew Bandy
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good textbook used for my OT Studies
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
An excellent introduction to the Wisdom Literature. It is both academically rigorous and pastorally minded.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely recommend.
Cole Brandon
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a text book, this is good.
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Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, and the principal of the Paideia Centre for Public Theology. He founded the internationally recognized Scripture and Hermeneutics seminar and is coauthor of Living at the Crossroads and Christian Philosophy.
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