Proverbs 1-9 as an Introduction to the Book of Proverbs
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 224
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Proverbs 1-9 has long been called a 'prologue' and 'introduction' to the book of Proverbs, a label that this book clarifies by answering the question: how does Proverbs 1-9 function with respect to the interpretation of Proverbs 10-31? Arthur Keefer argues that, in the detail and holistic context of Proverbs, Proverbs 1-9 functions didactically by supplying interpretive frameworks in literary, rhetorical and theological contexts for representative portions of Proverbs 10-31. Keefer suggests that Proverbs 1-9 functions didactically by teaching interpretive skills, and allows interpretation of Proverbs 10-31 by instilling the competence required to explicate this material. As a result, Proverbs 1-9 provides a didactic introduction for the remainder of the book, particularly with respect to its character types, educational goals, and theology. This volume demonstrates the function of Proverbs 1-9 for Proverbs 10-31 in some of the most prominent interpretive contexts of the book, and in doing so advances current key interpretive debates within Proverbs scholarship.
Keefer's study is an intriguing and helpful introduction on the hermeneutical value and rhetorical function of Proverbs 1-9 for chapters 10-31. He demonstrates in many places with reasoned exegesis that his proposition is likely true and can serve as an intra-textual interpretive guide ... The study was well prepared and researched. * Reading Religion * A welcome contribution to Proverbs scholarship, Keefer's complex, ambitious project seeks to articulate and demonstrate the function(s) of Proverbs 1-9 with respect to Proverbs' later collections ... Scholars, Keefer's intended audience, may find room to hone or rebut Keefer's argument, but should benefit from Keefer's methodological approach to hermeneutic difficulty. * Presbyterion: Covenant Seminary Review *