Proverbs 1-9 as an Introduction to the Book of Proverbs

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Arthur Jan Keefer
The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies
  • London: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , May
     224 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Jesse Harris forthcoming.


Proverbs 1-9 has long been called a 'prologue' and 'introduction' to the book of Proverbs, a label that this book clarifies by answering the question: how does Proverbs 1-9 function with respect to the interpretation of Proverbs 10-31? Arthur Keefer argues that, in the detail and holistic context of Proverbs, Proverbs 1-9 functions didactically by supplying interpretive frameworks in literary, rhetorical and theological contexts for representative portions of Proverbs 10-31.

Keefer suggests that Proverbs 1-9 functions didactically by teaching interpretive skills, and allows interpretation of Proverbs 10-31 by instilling the competence required to explicate this material. As a result, Proverbs 1-9 provides a didactic introduction for the remainder of the book, particularly with respect to its character types, educational goals, and theology. This volume demonstrates the function of Proverbs 1-9 for Proverbs 10-31 in some of the most prominent interpretive contexts of the book, and in doing so advances current key interpretive debates within Proverbs scholarship.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Arthur Keefer is master of divinity and chaplain at Eton College, UK.



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