Michael Fox On the Utopian, Paradoxically and Materialist Idealizations in the Work of Norman Rockwell and in Proverbs

During my bed time reading, I came across this gem from Michael Fox:

” For a comparable process of idealization through selective vision, consider the way Norman Rockwell promulgated a sentimentalized, heavily didactic ideal of white, middle-class, small-town America, with its family values and love for honest work and self reliance, an America where tolerance means [...]

MMM…MMM…Good: A Proverbs Sandwich

A primary focus of the first collection within Proverbs is how the literary son will interact with the opposite sex.  There is preoccupation that men (it is commonly presumed that the author of Proverbs 1-9 is a male[1]) have with women.  Proverbs 1-9 is filled with advice about women.  There are women to be avoided, [...]

A Rationale Behind Retributive Justice (at least from a proverbial perspective)

I started reading James G. Williams’ book Those Who Ponder Proverbs: Aphoristic Thinking and Biblical Literature. (Sheffield, England;  Almond Press. 1981.)  today, and I came across this gem of a quote:

“Retribution is thus a two-edged sword: its asserts that life makes sense because there is a connection of thinking – doing – result, but one’s [...]

Quote of the Day…

“Proverbs are not words that I take cognizance of and then store away in a drawer as knowledge that I now happen to possess. If one does not reflect at length on a proverb, it remains inaccessible”

Claus Westermann. Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples. Louisville, Kentucky; Westminister John Knox [...]

New Commentaries on Proverbs

I just found out through Best Commentaries.com that there are a couple forthcoming commentaries on my favorite biblical book, Proverbs.  The International Critical Commentary series is retiring Crawford H. Toy’s volume and will be replacing it with a new volume from Jan Joosten.  I am unfamiliar with Jan’s work, but I look forward to develing [...]

The Power of Presuppositions

I read this great quote from Carole R Fontaine today regarding the nature of presuppositions, reconstructions, and the dating of textual material.  I think this quote fits in well with the previous Westermann post.

“But as always, questions with dating remain.  For example, when is it most likely to assume that Egyptian influence, such as that [...]

Research Help

I am looking to do a little research on proverbs that are not in the Wisdom Literature, but focusing on theories related to sitz im leben of its later (or earlier) colloquial usage.

I am currently looking into:

Parts of Westermann’s Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples

C.R. Fontaine’s Traditional Sayings in the [...]

A Sneak Peak at Michael Fox's New Commentary

John Hobbins over at Ancient Hebrew Poetry has a great sneak peek of what I am sure will be “the greatest” commentary on Proverbs 10-31 in the English language, Michael V. Fox’s Anchor Yale Bible Commentary. Hobbins provides Fox’s comments on Proverbs 22:6. If you haven’t had the chance to read [...]

Book Review: Derek Kidner. An Introduction to Wisdom Literature: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, & Ecclesiastes

Derek Kidner. An Introduction to Wisdom Literature: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, & Ecclesiastes. Downers Grove, Il.: InterVarsity Press. 1985.

In this book, Derek Kidner provides a popular level introduction to the Wisdom Literature written from an Evangelical perspective. This may be the best introduction written at a popular level that I have [...]

Proverbs and Parables: Revealing by Concealing

I began to think about literary devices especially the Proverb. It has been noted that proverbs “yield their meaning only to probing hearers suggest their author’s intent is to reveal by concealing[1]“. I couldn’t agree with this statement more. A proverb can’t be read like a narrative. A narrative is fairly [...]