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  • Hardcover: 729 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (October 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825452
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce K. Waltke (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Harvard Divinity School), acknowledged to be one of the outstanding contemporary Old Testament scholars, is professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College in Vancouver. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, commentaries, and articles, and contributed to dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend both volumes.
Warren T. Baldwin
One can certainly read Proverbs and gain many insights without reading Waltke's commentary.
J. F Foster
Waltke demonstrates that he has thought long and passionately about God's book of wisdom.
Jared P. Olivetti

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on June 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Waltke is an outstanding OT scholar, and one of the most respected. This 2 volume commentary on Proverbs is exhaustive and scholarly.

Waltke displays a brilliant command of OT narrative structures throughout this commentary. The average person picking up a Bible and reading Proverbs can easily conclude that Proverbs is little more than an extensive list of random sayings devoid of any real order or structure. Not so. Waltke repeatedly demonstrates how the chiastic structures that are found all over the place in Proverbs provide great order and reveal deep insights into what the writer was doing. Waltke's command of wisdom literature as a literary genre is also impressive, and adds "wisdom" to his commentary.

One can certainly read Proverbs and gain many insights without reading Waltke's commentary. But Waltke does a fantastic job in showing the structure of Proverbs and how its contents integrate with the rest of the Bible, particularly the OT. Waltke labored over this commentary for years, and the painstaking scholarship that went along with this is obvious from cover to cover. While a working knowledge of Hebrew would be a big help in digesting this commentary, even those with no training in the Hebrew language can still profit from the many insights Waltke provides. Pastors in particular should get this commentary, even pastors who aren't Hebrew scholars. Proverbs is a profound but too often misunderstood book. Waltke provides reliable and insightful guidance to the pastor who wants to responsibly preach out of Proverbs with the desire to edify his flock. Highly recommended.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jared P. Olivetti on December 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a young preacher, I recently began preaching through the book of Proverbs; this book was pointed out to me, and it has been an invaluable aid since I purchased it.

Waltke demonstrates that he has thought long and passionately about God's book of wisdom. He brings to the reader solid exegesis, wide personal reading, and (most importantly) a belief in what the Bible says.

Although it may be too technical for those wanting an introductory commentary (you might do better looking at Derek Kidner's Tyndale contribution), Waltke's work will, on my bookshelf, set the standard for Proverbs commentaries.

...Can't wait until the second volume is published!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Warren T. Baldwin on March 30, 2006
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Bruce Waltke's commentary on Proverbs (2 vols.) provides indepth linguistic and theological insights into the text. We often read the individual proverbs as simply neat insights into life. The proverbs can be much more than this, though. The proverbs are the product of community reflection upon biblical teaching and everyday life. Waltke's treatment of the text helps the reader to look deeply into the use of specific words, including how they are used in other OT passages, and into the deeper theological meaning. I highly recommend both volumes.

Since this is a 2 volume treatment, there is sometimes more information than a reader might want. For a briefer treatment, but one that is also very helpful, I recommend Dave Bland's commentary on Proverbs published by College Press (Bland's text also includes Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs).
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey W. Brannen on September 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is very thorough. Perhaps even too thorough? I found the book a really solid study. Two things - lack of pastoral insights and lack of Hebrew - keep me from giving it 5 stars. Let me address the 2nd point - he transliterates the Hebrew text rather than actually using a Hebrew font. Seriously, a two volume commentary on Proverbs that is intensely intersted in subtle nuances of Hebrew and then uses only transliteration? I find myself having to translate Waltke back into Hebrew in order to find where he's going in the text.

Essentially, it's an excellent book, yet more difficult than it needs to be on this point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By todd.bowditch on May 12, 2011
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Waltke's commentary is the magisterial work on Proverbs. His exhaustive exegetical notes and detailed exposition is unparalleled in the plethora of commentaries on Proverbs. The tone of the commentary is decidedly academic - his discussions of parallelisms and his dedication to in-text exposition (albeit transliterated) would frighten away the casual reader. However the rich theology and exhaustive exposition make this commentary a must-read for any serious students of Proverbs. Waltke frequently strains out key principles; somewhat less regularly, he introduces relevant applications. In summary, scholars must own this commentary; pastors and serious students should own this commentary. In the immortal words of Sheriff Woody (out of context), "If you don't have one, get one!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gavin L. Aitken on December 28, 2012
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I had heard this entire series on the internet, what a privilege to have it in print and be able to go over the material again. Waltke's approach to the first 10 chapters is unique. Parents would do well to digest these chapters in raising their kids in a Biblical way by giving them instruction as to what they will face in the world around them.
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