Book Review: How to Read the Proverbs by Tremper Longman III

Book Review of How to read the Proverbs by Tremper Longman III

Rating: 8 out of 10

This short book is highly readable and well worth the time. Longman does a fantastic job of illustrating the various poetic elements that are incorporated in the Proverbs. The reader of the book will come to appreciate the rich depth of the Proverbs.Early in the book, Longman reveals the dangers in reading the Book of Proverbs with a strictly literal interpretation. The Proverbs are poetic literature and contain all the elements one would expect to find in poetry; such as, imagery and hyperbole. A literal interpretation of the Proverbs robs them of their depth. Longman also explains the Biblical Proverbs amongst other Near Eastern wisdom literature. The reader will discover while there are striking similarities between the Proverbs and other wisdom literature, there is one striking difference that sets the Biblical Proverbs apart.

I highly enjoyed reading this little book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to study Old Testament poetry. I will be adding this book to my recommended reading list.


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