PROVERBS, ECCLESIASTES & SONG OF SONGS (New International Biblical Commentary) by Roland Murphy, O. Carm. +

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Murphy, on Proverbs, pays particular attention to parallelism in the book of Proverbs. This “collection of collections” was formed over many centuries and reflects generations of wisdom poems and sayings, symbolism, theology, and anthropology. Huwiler, on Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, enhances the reader’s appreciation through her exposition of the themes and images in two biblical books devoted to such human exploration and experience.


"Murphy and Huwiler's lively commentaries on the NIV text bring the wisdom tradition into critical focus for questions of faith. Armed with the insights of biblical scholarship, they situate their texts within the thought world of the Hebrew Bible, but with an eye to a modern reader's concerns about meaning, coherence, and authority. Together, they produce a work that is readable and useful for the general reader and is a real treat for those believers who find most academic studies of the Bible dry and daunting." —Carole R. Fontaine, professor of Hebrew Scriptures, Andover Newton Theological School

"All three commentaries are recommended for the modern reader who wants to know more about the Hebrew Bible but requires the material to be both accessible and applicable to the reacher's concerns. Murphy and Huwiler are pastoral scholars." -- Camilla Burns, S.N.D. de N., Loyola University Chicago

Author Bio

Roland E. Murphy, O. Carm., (deceased 2002) was George Washington Ivey Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies of Duke University and adjunct at the Washington Theological Union. He was coeditor of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary, and wrote numerous articles, books, and commentaries.

Elizabeth Huwiler contributed the commentary on Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs to Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Volume 12 of the New International Biblical Commentary Old Testament Series. She is associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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