Proverbs 10-31

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

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July 21, 2009
752 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300142099
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This volume completes Bible scholar Michael V. Fox’s comprehensive commentary on the book of Proverbs. As in his previous volume on the early chapters of Proverbs, the author here translates and explains in accessible language the meaning and literary qualities of the sayings and poems that comprise the final chapters. He gives special attention to comparable sayings in other wisdom books, particularly from Egypt, and makes extensive use of medieval Hebrew commentaries, which have received scant attention in previous Proverb commentaries. In separate sections set in smaller type, the author addresses technical issues of text and language for interested scholars.

 

The author’s essays at the end of the commentary view the book of Proverbs in its entirety and investigate its ideas of wisdom, ethics, revelation, and knowledge. Out of Proverbs’ great variety of sayings from different times, Fox shows, there emerges a unified vision of life, its obligations, and its potentials.

Michael V. Fox is Halls-Bascom Professor of Hebrew, University of Wisconsin, Madison. His previous books include Proverbs 1–9, available from Yale University Press. He lives in Madison.

"Regarding the reading of a proverb, [Fox] discusses the topics of oral performance, sound patterns, the phenomenon whereby an initial stich generates multiple permutations for second stichs, parallelism, and disjunction. Finally, the dating and social setting of the proverb collections are discussed."—Old Testament Abstracts

'This is a fine commentary for our age…and provides an invaluable resource for generations to come.' — Katharine J. Dell, Expository Times

"[A] magisterial commentary on Proverbs."—Realph W. Klein, Currents in Theology and Mission

"Like the first volume, this volume offers reader perspective gained not just from Fox's intimate familiarity with the Book of Proverbs."—Greg Schmidt Goering, Theology Today

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