The Book of Proverbs

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The Book of Proverbs


Number of Lessons: 24Avg. Lesson Length: 44 MinutesTime Required: 35 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


Students discover the role of wisdom in the book of Proverbs by doing an exegetical study of the book itself in its cultural, historical, and literary settings. The course begins with an analysis of the book’s structure and purpose, focusing on the forms of wisdom literature as seen in the literary structure of Proverbs. Waltke then moves to poetic analysis and finally to the prominent theme of wisdom that permeates the book. Students are encouraged to apply wisdom themes to life.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.


ProfessorBruce K. Waltke, PhD
  • Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, postdoctoral fellow
  • Harvard University, MA and PhD
  • Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM and ThD
  • Houghton College, AB


  1. Understand the Book of Proverbs in its historical, canonical, and contemporary contexts.
  2. Recognize the forms of wisdom literature in the Book of Proverbs in light of Ancient Near Eastern collections of sayings and admonitions.
  3. Define “wisdom” and understand the relationship of God and man to wisdom.
  4. Understand the interpretive issues in the Book of Proverbs.


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