Craig G. Bartholomew and Ryan P. O'Dowd provide an informed introduction to the Old Testament wisdom books Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. Establishing the books in the context of ancient Near Eastern wisdom traditions and literature, the authors move beyond the scope of typical introductions to discuss the theological and hermeneutical implications of this literature.
Sensitive to both literary form and theological content, Derek Kidner introduces Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes, explaining their basic character and internal structure. He also summarizes and evaluates the wealth of modern criticism focused on each book. Looking at all three books together, Kidner shows how their many voices compare, contrast and ultimately give a unified view of life.
We often turn to the book of Job when we encounter suffering. But what if the book is not only about Job's suffering? Written by two respected commentators, this matchless guide to reading and appreciating the book of Job covers all relevant aspects—literary, historical, theological and hermeneutical—for the student, teacher and busy pastor.
Francis Andersen calls the book of Job "one of the bests gifts of God to men." It is the story of one man's agony "reaching out to the mystery of God, beyond words and explanations." He discusses Job's vast range of ideas, its broad coverage of human experience, the intensity of its passion and the immensity of its concept of God.
David Atkinson offers a pastoral interpretation of Job's story. He shows how the message of Job can comfort us in our own difficulties and teach us to be sensitive to those who suffer.
For Robert Fyall, the mystery of God's ways and the appalling evil and suffering in the world are at the heart of Job's significant contribution to the canon of Scripture. This New Studies in Biblical Theology volume offers a holistic reading of Job, with particular reference to its depiction of creation and evil, and finds significant clues to its meaning in the striking imagery it uses.
Tremper Longman III and Peter E. Enns edit this collection of 148 articles by over 90 contributors on Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther.
Editors Manlio Simonetti and Marco Conti provide patristic comment on the text of Job, beginning with Origen in the third century and moving through the thought of a variety of other church fathers from the fourth and fifth centuries.
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