The Message of Proverbs, By David J. Atkinson alt

The Message of Proverbs

The Bible Speaks Today Series

Revised Edition

by David J. Atkinson

The Message of Proverbs
  • Length: 176 pages
  • Published: July 18, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0630
  • ISBN: 9781514006306

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The book of Proverbs is the most practical book in the Bible. Its instruction in the art of living has been long tried and long proven. Its proverbial seeds of discernment are ready to be planted and rooted in the receptive soil of wisdom's hearers today.

As much as we glean from the surface of Proverbs, there remains still more in its depths. David Atkinson's commentary wonderfully illumines the ancient cultural and religious background of the discourses and sayings of Proverbs. More important, Atkinson brings the wisdom of Proverbs into conversation with the wisdom of God now more fully displayed in Christ, clarifying the place of Proverbs in the pattern of God's Word.

Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Proverbs offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text. This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language and a new interior design.


General preface
Author’s preface
Select bibliography

The wisdom of God
1. Wisdom’s portrait (1:1–9:18)
2. Wisdom’s instructors and Wisdom’s detractors (1:1–9:18)
3. Wisdom’s methods
4. Wisdom’s values: foundations (10:1–22:16)
5. Wisdom’s values: the practical dimension (10:1–22:16)
6. Wisdom’s values: the words of the wise (22:17–31:31)
Conclusion: godliness in working clothes


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David J. Atkinson is honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Southwark, and formerly Suffragan Bishop of Thetford in the Diocese of Norwich. He is also the author of the volumes on Genesis 1-11, Ruth, Job, and Proverbs in The Bible Speaks Today series of commentaries.