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Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) Paperback – August 18, 2015
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"Due to his wealth of knowledge, years of experience teaching theological students, and clarity of expression, Longman possesses the ability to engage Christian scholars, pastors, students, and teachers in church school classes by clearly articulating his understandings of the text and by pointing to its theological influence on the church of the present. Those seeking a commentary on Proverbs that addresses the issues of faith and life both in ancient Israel and Judah and in the present will find this study a rewarding adventure."
--Leo G. Perdue, Brite Divinity School
"This volume not only provides an accurate and vivid translation of the text of Proverbs, followed by textual notes and detailed commentary, but also concludes each section with a careful consideration of the theological implications of the text for the Christian interpreter today. Although it will be consulted by the best scholars, it is ideal for seminary courses on Proverbs and for anyone interested in teaching or preaching on the book of Proverbs to contemporary audiences."
--Mark J. Boda, McMaster Divinity College
"Not long ago, Proverbs was sadly neglected by much of Old Testament scholarship. Happily, the situation has been rectified in recent years by the publication of several major interpretations of Proverbs. Tremper Longman's commentary is a welcome and substantial addition to this corpus. Readers will recognize his attention to detail and his knowledge of the scholarly literature. Students and teachers interested in doing serious research on Proverbs will not want to proceed without taking Longman's comments into account."
--Duane A. Garrett, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Longman is to be congratulated for producing a valuable translation of Proverbs and a user friendly commentary that takes seriously the needs of the contemporary audience for which he writes. Pastors and seminary students will gain much from studying Proverbs with an expert interpreter who is attuned to the rhetoric of the text, its ancient context, and its possible contemporary import. Scholars too will profit from Longman's often provocative and creative work."
--Timothy J. Sandoval, Review of Biblical Literature
"Tremper Longman has written the most accessible and useful commentary on Proverbs that I know. The topical studies at the end of the book alone are extraordinarily helpful for teachers and preachers. I recommend it highly."
--Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
About the Author
Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty books, including commentaries on Daniel, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs.
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Included in the book is a topical section, which list the main topics and all the verses that relate to it.
The reason why I gave it a 4 star is the Kindle version does not let you go to a specific chapter or verse. The author sets up the commentary section in four main parts, which include multiple chapters. With the kindle version you can get to a section but must click, and click and click to get to a particular chapter or verse. In the topic section there is no way to click on a verse and go there, you must write down or remember the verse, go back to the "table of contents," find the section the verse is in, click on that section and then keep scrolling until you get to the chapter, then keep scrolling till you get to the verse. Takes a lot of time to jump around the book.
The commentary begins with a sizable introduction (66 pages) to orient the reader in the right direction. I have always been an enthusiast of introductions in commentaries and Longman seems to always provide excellent start points. Longman tackles the traditional introductory matters with sophistication, including title, canonicity, place in canon, authorship and date, social setting, text, genre, literary style, structure, ancient Near Eastern background, theology of proverbs, and much more. The discussion surrounding the authorship and date of the book is outstanding and informative, and Longman’s keen awareness of the connection between Proverbs and other ancient Near Eastern proverbs will be eye-opening for the unfamiliar reader.
The commentary proper divides Proverbs into five major parts: (1) Extended Discourses on Wisdom (1:1-9:18), (2) Proverbs of Solomon: Collection I (10:1-22:16), (3) Sayings of the Wise (22:17-24:34), (4) Proverbs of Solomon: Collection II (25:1-29:27), and (5) Sayings of Agur and King Lemuel and Poem of the Virtuous Woman (30:1-31:31). Each chapter of the commentary begins with Longman’s translation of the text and includes a number of helpful explanatory notes. As each chapter unfolds, the reader is guided between interpretation and theological implication, thus serving to build the readers understanding and application of the text. Longman concludes the commentary with a 28-page topical study of Proverbs, including several important themes found threaded throughout the book.
Longman displays a unique familiarity with the Book of Proverbs. His interpretive insights and theological suggestions are exceptionally useful for readers of all backgrounds, and his interaction with other commentators is unparalleled. Moreover, Longman provides plenty of contact with other ancient Near Eastern proverbs—exposure that is beneficial to the reader lacking such previous knowledge. Still, I think one of the most exciting features of the commentary is the topical appendix material. It appropriately addresses the lack of a clear overarching structure within the book and allows the readers to study the Proverbs thematically. Each topic within this section begins with a list of passages addressing the subject, followed by a brief discussion that seeks to synthesize the given topic across Proverbs holistically. Of course, lengthier discussions on each passage can be found in the commentary proper, but this is an indispensable addition to the commentary that the pastor and teacher should covet for years to come.
The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms: Proverbs by Tremper Longman III is easily one of the best single-volume commentaries on Proverbs available. It presents everything needed in a commentary of this size and executes the task with precision. It is readable, informative, and practically useful for readers of all interests and backgrounds. It will benefit both the seasoned and novice reader, and continue to do so for years to come. If you are looking for a commentary that is both engaging and edifying, and one that won’t elude value for such reading, this is a commentary full of riches that you will not want to overlook in the process. It comes highly recommended.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.