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The Beginning And End Of Wisdom: Preaching Christ From The First And Last Chapters Of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, And Job

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament can be daunting to interpret and to preach. But Douglas O'Donnell has successfully linked the messages of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job to Jesus in the New Testament. He shares six Christocentric sermons that reveal the often-overlooked shadow of the cross within this biblical genre, while addressing age-old questions of signifi ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Crossway Books
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Jeff Short
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Expository preaching in the wisdom books of the Old Testament is challenging. The wisdom books are often neglected, or used to offer self-help style tips. Preaching Christ from the wisdom books is rare. This book is like cold, fresh water in the desert. The book has seven chapters and two helpful appendices. The first six chapters are sermons--two each from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. The seventh chapter breaks down those sermons and shows the how and why of the way they were put together. ...more
Chris Griffith
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A helpful book from a talented new writer which instructs how to preach and teach from biblical wisdom literature. The author provides sermons from the first and last chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job and then spends the last couple chapters showing "how he did it."
Samuel Bierig
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic primer to the Wisdom Literature of the Bible. If youre abt to preach through Proverbs, Eccles., or Job, you should consult this accessible little book for sure!
Nate Claiborne
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Personally, this is the kind of book I wish I had access to this time last year. I was in Preaching I, which is required of everyone at Dallas Seminary who wants to graduate with a Th.M. Because preaching from the epistles comes very naturally to students once they've been through 4 semesters of Greek (and because hey, the epistles are like mini-sermons in many cases) the curriculum developers at DTS decided the first preaching class every aspiring master of theology takes should be completely f ...more
Jeanie
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wisdom literature of the bible is beautiful and speaks to the heart. However, it is something that we have to mine for. We have to reflect on these truths for them to have any real value in our walk. I loved that he said that God loves poetery. Indeed he does, for the bible is so poetic in nature that it is intended to pull at our heart and see the goodness of God. This book is geared towards preachers and teachers of the word, however, I appreciated the truth of insight of the wisdom of God. A ...more
Kent
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book on preaching Christ from the Wisdom books of the Old Testament. Seven chapters, the first six each a sermon from, as the subtitle of the book makes clear, the first and last chapters of Prov, Eccl, and Job. The seventh chapter deals with the how-tos of preaching Christ from these books. The sermons are good as introductions and overviews of each of the three books mentioned. Having studied each of these books myself, I still learned quite a bit from this author. The endnotes are also ...more
Michael Locklear
If your theological "taste-buds" salivate at the thought of reading Job, Proverbs or Ecclesiastes, then this book is for you.
Douglas Sean O'Donnell does a marvelous job of drawing the reader into these over-looked books. You will, no doubt, "feel" the love and joy that he has for them.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you are planning to read through or teach from one of these Biblical books in the near future.
Victor Chininin
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very helpful in pointing us to preach Christ in the wisdom literature.
Nat
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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This was a good primer on wisdom literature. The Job connections were a bit of a stretch, but everything else was great for jumping off points in wisdom writings.
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Douglas Sean O'Donnell (MAs, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Wheaton College) is a faculty member at Queensland Theological College (Australia). In addition to serving as an instructor for the Charles Simeon Trust, O'Donnell is a member of the North American Patristics Society, the U.S. Board of the Irish Bible Institute, the Center for Pastor Theologians, and the Evangelical Theological S ...more
“Is it possible, that is, to love God no matter what? Job, through three tough tests—the loss of his possessions and children, the loss of his health, and the loss of his friends and their respect—answers in the affirmative. Yes, it is possible. In fact, it is necessary” 3 likes
“When tempted to sin, I often repeat to myself two truths: holiness brings happiness, and purity brings power.” 3 likes
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