"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." In the Wisdom
literature of the Bible we first hear the cool voice of a teacher
calling us to think--to think hard and humbly. "How long will fools
hate knowledge?" cries Wisdom in the book of Proverbs. Then in Job
comes the anguished voice of the questioner, earnest enough to seek
answers, honest enough to doubt easy ones. In Ecclesiastes the
chastened tone of the Preacher warns of the vanity of all life
under the sun. Sensitive to both literary form and theological
content, Derek Kidner introduces Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes,
explaining their basic character and internal structure. He also
summarizes and evaluates the wealth of modern criticism focused on
each book. Looking at all three books together, Kidner shows how
their many voices compare, contrast and ultimately give a unified
view of life. Kidner extends his analysis to include Ecclesiasticus
and The Wisdom of Solomon from the Apocrapha, and he reprints
excerpts from non-Israelite works that parallel the three major
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