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The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job & Ecclesiastes Paperback – November 21, 1985
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The works of Derek Kidner (MA, Christ's College, Cambridge) are full of the marks of both professor and pastor with his evenhanded scholarship as well as his devotional insight. These qualities have made his commentaries in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series and The Bible Speaks Today series some of the most beloved and popular of recent decades. Kidner had a long career in both the church and the academy in England. He studied at Cambridge University and then served in the ministry for several years before becoming a senior tutor at Oak Hill Theological College. Kidner began his writing career while serving as warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge from 1964 to 1978, publishing his ninth and final book, The Message of Jeremiah, in 1987.
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If you want to understand the theology behind individual verses in the Wisdom Books, I would recommend sticking to commentaries or study Bibles. But if you're curious about the literary form and historical reasons for style and structure, this is a great book to dive into. Kidner's style of writing is academic but very readable. I found myself enjoying his explanations, even when the historical references were a bit out of my range of knowledge.
The organization of the book was logical, especially if you consider Kidner's note in the Preface about the more scholarly chapters (3,5,7), which could easily be skipped in favor of reading the chapter "Voices in Counterpoint." What I personally found useful in my study was reading chapters 2 (historical background) and 3 (form criticism) simultaneously, as I went through Proverbs itself - for instance, reading the sections on Proverbs 1-9 in both chapters when I began reading Proverbs 1, reading the sections on Proverbs 10-22 in both chapters when I began reading Proverbs 10, and so on. Doing that allowed me to read Proverbs with fresh understanding for the way the original audience would have received it, and gave me a better feel for the overall structure and continuity of the book (ie, it's not just a bunch of truisms thrown on a page - there really is an overarching logic behind the progression of statements). The final chapter connecting each of the Wisdom Books to each other was rather insightful as well.
I chose not to read the entire book at this time, mainly focusing on only the chapters which discussed Proverbs. However, I found it an invaluable tool for better grasping the literary form and historical-cultural background of the book, and will likely return to it in the future to study the other sections as well.