Proverbs 1-9

A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by Michael V. Fox

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September 19, 2000
496 pages, 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780300139594
Paper

In Proverbs 1–9, Bible scholar Michael V. Fox translates and explains the meaning of the first nine chapters of this profound, timeless book, and examines their place in the intellectual history of ancient Israel. This thorough study of Proverbs includes a survey of the collections of ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature, as well as innovative and insightful comments. In addition to the translation and commentary proper, Fox includes several extended thematic essays on Proverbs 1–9, covering such themes as the origins of personified wisdom, what wisdom is, and where wisdom can be heard, plus an appendix of textual notes. The format of the commentary makes it accessible to the general reader and also provides materials of special interest to scholars. This is the first of a two-volume commentary that accords Proverbs the depth of study it deserves.

Michael V. Fox is Halls-Bascom Professor in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After rabbinical studies and ordination at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, he trained in Bible studies, Semitics, and Egyptology, receiving his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written widely on wisdom literature and other aspects of biblical literature.

“This stunning commentary, coming thirty-five years after the original Anchor Bible Proverbs, simply towers over all other studies of Proverbs 1–9, and bodes well for the next volume. This commentary combines erudition with clarity, originality with the necessary dialogue with previous scholarship. The essays defining wisdom are masterful, sweeping away past misunderstandings.” —Roland E. Murphy

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