Wisdom Books

Old Testament [standard edition]


Navarre Bible

Hardback €33.75
Catalogue Price: €37.50
ISBN: 1-85182-741-2
June 2003. 528pp.

Job • Proverbs • Ecclesiastes • Wisdom • Sirach

Full biblical text in the Revised Standard Version and the New Vulgate together with extensive commentaries.

Whereas the first five books of the Old Testament – the Pentateuch – record the Law of Moses in the form of commandments, the Wisdom Books propound that teaching in the form of counsels and proverbs. They also reveal the close connection between knowledge that comes through faith, and knowledge acquired through human reasoning.

The book of Job takes the form of a narrative – the story of an upright man who experiences misfortune after misfortune; to a degree, it lifts the veil that shrouds the mystery of suffering. The book of Ecclesiastes (“All is vanity” …) helps the believer to appreciate the value of things heavenly. Proverbs consists of seven collections of wise sayings from the ancient East. The Wisdom of Solomon, which probably originated in the Jewish community of Alexandria (Egypt), interfaces with the world of Greek culture. Sirach, written by someone steeped in the wisdom tradition of Israel, was much used by the early Fathers of the Church.

Reading and reflecting on the Wisdom Books helps to prepare the human mind and spirit to receive the Lord and to understand his teaching.

Like the other volumes in the Standard Edition of the Navarre Bible, this book contains the full biblical text in the Revised Standard Version and the New Vulgate together with extensive commentaries. The commentaries, which help to explain the doctrinal and practical meaning of the scriptural text, draw on a rich variety of sources—church documents, the exegesis of the Fathers and the Doctors, and the works of prominent spiritual writers, particularly St Josemaría Escrivá, who initiated the Navarre Bible project.

Attention North American customers: this title is distributed in North America by Scepter Press. All orders must go through www.scepterpublishers.org.

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