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"Let your daughter have first of all the book of Psalms for holiness of heart, and be instructed in the Proverbs of Solomon for her godly life." — St. Jerome


Did You Know

Paremiology, the study of proverbs, dates back to the time of Aristotle (4th Century B.C.).

The Book of Proverbs

Course Number: OT507


Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Course Description:

Students discover the role of wisdom in the book of Proverbs by doing an exegetical study of the book itself in its cultural, historical, and literary settings. The course begins with an analysis of the book’s structure and purpose, focusing on the forms of wisdom literature as seen in the literary structure of Proverbs. Waltke then moves to poetic analysis and finally to the prominent theme of wisdom that permeates the book. Students are encouraged to apply wisdom themes to life.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand the Book of Proverbs in its historical, canonical, and contemporary contexts.
  2. Recognize the forms of wisdom literature in the Book of Proverbs in light of Ancient Near Eastern collections of sayings and admonitions.
  3. Define “wisdom” and understand the relationship of God and man to wisdom.
  4. Understand the interpretive issues in the Book of Proverbs.
  5. Know God by doing His will as expressed in this book.

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