There has been an explosion of interest in wisdom literature, and many studies are now available. There is every opportunity for people to "get wisdom, get insight" (Prov. 4:5). However, in today's world it seems the practical sensibilities that come from wisdom are found in very few places. Wisdom literature is needed now more than ever. By walking in the way of wisdom, we will "find favour and good success in the sight of God and man" (Prov. 3:4).
In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, Richard Belcher begins with a survey of the problem of wisdom literature in Old Testament theology. Subsequent chapters focus on the message and theology of the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. These point forward to the need for Christ and the gospel. Belcher concludes by exploring the relationship of Christ to wisdom in terms of his person, work, and teaching ministry.
Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.
"Richard Belcher carefully sifts recent approaches to Old Testament wisdom . . . This thoughtful book, like the wisdom it seeks to explore, will open up fresh horizons of reflection, and . . . make its readers wiser than they were before."
"Finding Favour in the Sight of God provides a welcome help to preachers of the wisdom books of the Bible."
List of abbreviations
1. The problem of wisdom literature in Old Testament theology
2. The message of Proverbs 1–9
3. The hermeneutics of Proverbs
4. The theology of Proverbs
5. Theological issues in Job 1–3
6. Divine retribution, suffering and God's justice (Job 4–26)
7. Where is wisdom to be found? (Job 27–42)
8. Key questions concerning the book of Ecclesiastes
9. The message of Qohelet
10. The theology of Ecclesiastes
11. Jesus and wisdom
Index of names
Index of Scripture references