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A Wisdom Books Bibliography
Alter, Robert, The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, New York: Norton and Company, 2010. This book is a fresh translation of the the three biblical wisdom books by Alter. It also has a a supporting commentary on the text. This is translation like all Alter’s work is fascinating especially from a literary perspective.
Balentine, Samuel E., ‘Wisdom’, pp.274–291 in Chapman, S. B. and Sweeney, M. A. (editors), The Cambridge Companion to The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. A helpful concise academic introduction to the wisdom literature of the Old Testament.
Ballard, H. W. and Tucker, W. D. (editors), An Introduction to Wisdom Literature and the Psalms, Macon: Mercer University Press (2000). A solid scholarly introduction to both the psalms and wisdom literature.
Fyall, Robert S., Now my Eyes have seen You: Images of creation and evil in the book of Job, Leicester: Apollos, 2002.
Grillo, Jennie, ‘The Wisdom Literature’, pp.182–205 in Barton, J. (editor), The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. A helpful concise academic introduction to the wisdom literature of the Old Testament.
Hartley, John E., The Book of Job, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988. This is one of the best major commentaries on the Book of Job.
Tremper Longman III, The Fear of the Lord is Wisdom: A Theological Introduction to Wisdom in Israel, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017. A compelling and clear case for a theological unity of wisdom material in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
Longman III, Tremper and Enns, Peter (editors), Dictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry and Writing, Nottingham: IVP, 2008. This dictionary is a must for anyone interested in a firm understanding of wisdom literature. As the title suggests it also covers the Book of Psalms and the Writings.
Murphy, Roland E., The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature, 3rd edition, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. A engaging in-depth introduction to biblical wisdom. It includes the two apocryphal works of Ecclesiasticus (or Ben Sira) and the Wisdom of Solomon.
Walton, John H., Job: The NIV Application Commentary, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. A masterwork in communicating—clear exegesis and compelling interpretation.
Wilson, Lindsay, Proverbs: An Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2017. This is a small and accessible commentary on the Book or Proverbs. It is is ideal for someone meeting Proverbs seriously for the first time.