Q&A with the author of An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts


Hendrickson Publishers Blog

Elaine A. Phillips, professor of biblical and theological studies at Gordon College (Wenham, MA) and author of  An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts, has graciously answered some of our burning questions about her book.

Before we get into those, though, here is a quick summary of her book: An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts is designed for undergraduate students and laypersons who are studying Scripture. Part One poses fundamental questions addressed by the genre of wisdom literature, explores definitions of wisdom and folly from the biblical perspective, describes the characteristics and forms of wisdom poetry, and places Israel’s wisdom tradition in a wider historical-cultural context. Part Two addresses the practical wisdom associated with Proverbs, treating both the contents and the academic questions that arise. Parts Three and Four focus on Ecclesiastes and Job, respectively, and on the interpretive challenges they raise. Finally, Part Five recognizes the place of…

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