Proverbs: A Shorter Commentary
Proverbs: A Shorter Commentary

Proverbs: A Shorter Commentary

by Bruce K. Waltke and Ivan D. V. De Silva

5 Rank Score: 5.06 from 1 reviews, 0 featured collections, and 2 user libraries
Pages 500
Publisher Eerdmans
Published 3/23/2021
ISBN-13 9780802875037
An abridged and revised version of Bruce Waltke’s magisterial two-volume NICOT commentary on the book of Proverbs.

Since 2004, Bruce Waltke’s magisterial two-volume NICOT commentary on the book of Proverbs has been recognized as a definitive exegesis of the Hebrew text, groundbreaking in its illuminating analysis that the authors and redactors of Proverbs had organized their material into discernible clusters and groupings. Waltke and Ivan De Silva here offer an abridged and revised version of the preeminent commentary, which is more accessible to students, pastors, and Bible readers in general. In place of a technical analysis of the Hebrew text, Waltke and De Silva interpret the translated text, while also including their own theological reflections and personal anecdotes where appropriate. A topical index is added to help expositors with a book that is difficult to preach or teach verse by verse.

At its heart, this shorter commentary on Proverbs preserves the exegetical depth, erudition, and poetic insight of Waltke’s original and maintains the core conviction that the ancient wisdom of Proverbs holds profound, ongoing relevance for Christian faith and life today.


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De Silva has done the church a great service in condensing Waltke’s magisterial volumes into a more user-friendly and accessible edition for pastors and Bible teachers who may not have time to absorb the longer work. Like the original, it shows how the proverbs are grouped into clusters around themes, but it eliminates technical discussions and provides examples of how to apply the proverbs to life and culture. This volume also includes a subject index that lists the proverbs by topic. [Full Review]