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Katherine Murphey Hayes
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Liturgical Press
UK Publication Date

Every culture finds ways to pass along its wisdom from one generation to the next. Old Testament Wisdom literature - comprised of the books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and Wisdom - raises the big "questions for the people of Israel: Why do the righteous suffer? "Why do we die? What is the meaning of life?

The book of Proverbs organizes memorable sayings that lead to insight and understanding about the world that can inform the way we live. Speaking universally of the human condition, it paints a poetic portrait of wisdom as it guides members of the community, especially the young, in how to get along in life.

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Hayes has captured the essence of this biblical book, explaining how the simple proverbs it contains deal with the human choices that are the warp and woof of everyday life.
The Bible Today

In keeping with the pastoral and theological aim of the series, Katherine Hayes has written a clear, informed, and accessible commentary on one of the most interesting books in the Bible. She helps readers discover the wisdom, common sense, and faith of the book of Proverbs and suggests practical applications for enriching one's life.
Richard Clifford, SJ, Professor of Old Testament at Boston College School of Theology

Katherine Hayes has written a truly accessible commentary on the book of Proverbs that will be of great benefit to biblical scholars and inquiring laity alike. This volume brings the biblical text alive, explaining its meaning in simple language without sacrificing depth of meaning and insight on every page. Hayes clearly establishes the context and then explains the content of the book's many sections. The extensive study and reflection questions are especially helpful in making this ancient text relevant for modern readers.
John L. McLaughlin, University of St. Michael's College

When a reader turns to Scripture for personal reflection, the Book of Proverbs is seldom a favorite book chosen. This is unfortunate, because the teaching found there speaks immediately to life situations. Katherine Hayes has captured the essence of this book, explaining how the simple proverbs it comprises deal with the human choices that are the warp and woof of everyday life. Her portrayal of Woman Wisdom reveals a figure that stirs the imagination of both women and men.
Dianne Bergant, CSA, Professor of Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union

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