Drawing from recent scholarly studies in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, these commentaries incorporate a reading of the books with a view toward connectivity and theological reflection. In addition to the imaginative artwork used for illustration, readers will find a broad appeal to contemporary literature and authors as touchstones for applied reflection. Because of their use of universal concepts and images, these books from the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible may be some of the most relevant biblical writings for the contemporary setting. For this reason readers are invited to recontextualize, through the perspectives of contemporary literature, the wise council of Israel's ancient sages.
All volumes in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series include these features to support interpretation: sidebars in four categories, a wealth of fine art visuals, and a CD-ROM containing all the text and images of the volume in a searchable format.
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