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The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature Paperback – January 28, 2002
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"An amazingly discerning and helpful book."
"Murphy is one of the acclaimed doyens of the study of biblical literature. . . . This is a rich escort, providing many worthwhile insights into the wisdom literature."
Catholic Library World
"Murphy combines sound scholarship with a rich pedagogical approach. . . . This book can be recommended in every way. It provides a sure path for the uninitiated and may even provide new insights for the expert."
Religious Studies Review
"Murphy's wide reading and balanced judgment enrich the additions to each of the nine chapters, conveniently linked to page numbers in the earlier book."
The Bible Today
"A fine text for a survey of the material."
Theological Book Review (U.K.)
"This admirably structured work should be an essential purchase for biblical libraries, and a valuable resource for any serious student working in the area. Strongly recommended."
Journal of Semitic Studies
"A standard introduction to the Israelite wisdom literature."
Review of Biblical Literature
"Highly recommended for both collegiate and graduate school students. Unquestionably, this work is one of the finest introductions to Israel's wisdom literature in print."
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For the ordinary reader such as myself, what is most fascinating about this study is the light it puts on a rather profound question: how is wisdom literature related to the historical tradition by which Israel identified itself. One way to see this is to experience the difference between a salvation-liberation narrative and a literature of wisdom, or the search for it. I think Murphy does throw much light on this issue, though I suspect more will be written about it in the future.
One of the perspectives that struck me was that books like Qoheleth and Job actually became part of the Christian scriptures. They are frankly skeptical and questioning in tone. While some might say that faith in Christ resolves all the skeptical tensions raised in these books, I think to the contrary that these tensions always remain. However, Murphy does an admirable job of showing how skepticism in this ancient context always presupposed a faith in God. We are not used to the idea that these two things could "go together". This is why attention to Wisdom literature, among other reasons, continues to be relevant to Christian faith even today. Faith and questioning are not antithetical.
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This is a very good book, it will grow you spiritually, not an easy readPublished 6 months ago by Ad
Very good commentary on Wisdom Literature. Easy to understand, while being a great analysis of the wisdom books of the Bible.Published 22 months ago by Joanne
I ordered this on Jan 1st and found it in my mail today! (Jan 4) Now that's service. It is indeed in new condition and, to my surprise, is an updated version of the one I have... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Beverly A. Duncan