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date: 22 January 2019

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The chapter approaches Proverbs as a book, that is, as a conceptual unit with an overall communicative purpose, rather than just a collection of individual sayings. The chapter reflects on the built-in system of seven main headings that provide guidance for an understanding of the book as a whole. For each of the seven main sections, literary forms and theological meaning are analyzed. Topics dealt with include the “Fear of the Lord;” how wisdom can be acquired and for what purpose; the connection between wisdom and creation theology; the paradigmatic character and the persuasive purpose of proverbial wisdom; the formation of the book of Proverbs; and the book of Proverbs in the context of Old Testament wisdom. The chapter closes with some issues for practical application in a church context.

Keywords: Proverbs, wisdom, Solomon, wisdom theology, creation theology, act and consequence, paradigm, literary pattern, holistic approach

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