Interpreting The Wisdom Books

5442308Interpreting the Bible requires being familiar with the particularities of every literature genre the Bible contains. The principles for the interpretation of a historical book differ from the principles required to interpret wisdom books. For that reason, we need books that can help us to obtain or refine the necessary tools for an appropriate interpretation.

The volume Interpreting the Wisdom Books: An Exegetical Handbook (Edward M. Curtis, Kregel, 2017), is an introductory book addressing interpretation issues pertaining to the wisdom books. This book is part of the series The Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis (HOTE), from Kregel.

The book contains six chapters:

  1. Interpreting Old Testament Wisdom Literature.
  2. Primary Themes in the Wisdom Literature.
  3. Preparing for Interpretation.
  4. Interpreting the Wisdom Books.
  5. Proclaiming the Wisdom Books.
  6. Putting it All Together: From Text to Sermon.

Every chapter has its own value and all of them contain key information for the interpretation of the wisdom books. However, if you are a preacher you will find chapter six to be an invaluable resource when it comes to peaching from a passage within the wisdom books. This chapter will guide readers through four steps to the preparation of a sermon. Step One: Focusing on the Topic; Step Two: Recognizing Genre and Exegetical Details; Step Three: Organizing the Material; Step Four: Applying the Text. The book of Proverbs and Job 4-6 are used as an illustration on how to apply the principles this book presents to preach on wisdom books.

An appendix presenting Computer and Internet Resources for Old Testament Exegesis can be found at the end of the book. This appendix contains topics such as using the Bible software for searchers; downloadable software, and online resources. Prices and features are included in this invaluable appendix.

This book is highly recommended for pastors and those performing an educational role in the Church, seminary students, and anyone desiring to gain more knowledge in order to interpret the Bible in an efficient way.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. 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


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