BP Questions - Proverbs

BP Questions - Proverbs - despise wisdom and...

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Biblical Perspectives UCBP 101 Reading Guide : Proverbs The book of Proverbs is one of three books in the Hebrew Bible that is traditionally classified as wisdom literature. The other two are Ecclesiastes and Job; the apocryphal books of Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon fall into this category as well. Like many of the Psalms, much of Proverbs lacks historical reference and is thus difficult to date, but the collection in its final form is generally thought to include material from the time of the monarchy down through the post-exilic period. The Hebrew word translated "proverb" has (at least) two senses: "likeness" and "rule". In the first, we find teaching by way of analogy: "Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" (12:18). In the second, we have a straightforward instruction or observation: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools
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Unformatted text preview: despise wisdom and instruction" (1:7). 1. Many of the proverbs contain what we might call "conventional wisdom" or common sense ("Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you" (3:3) or "A wise child makes a glad father, but a foolish child is a mother's grief" (10:1)). Pick one chapter, read it carefully, and describe some of these common-sensical principles that can be drawn out. Is there an order to the cosmos? How does the world work? Is it a predictable place? 2. Compare your answer in number one to the message we found in the Law (esp. Deut), and then to the message we found in the prophet Amos. 3. Women show up in some interesting places in the book of Proverbs. Where, in what context, and what is the message(s)? (see esp. chs. 1, 7, 8, 9, 31)...
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This homework help was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course BP 101 taught by Professor Mcginnis during the Spring '08 term at Samford.

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