In Proverbs [NIVAC] OT scholar Paul Koptak shows us that true wisdom, the kind that begins with fear of the Lord, frequently runs counter to what our culture values and applauds. Thus his commentary deals with the relationship between heaven and earth on a practical level that covers the broad swath of human activity, endeavor, and desire. Koptack reveals the original intentions of the text and fluidly makes a seamless translation of the ancient meaning apply to our increasingly complex world.
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Review 1 for Proverbs: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC]
Date:February 5, 2008
Outstanding. I used this book in conjuction with a LifeGuide study series to present Proverbs to my adult Sunday school class and have nothing but good to say about it. The commentary's organization into sections of "Original Meaning," "Bridging Contexts," and "Contemporary Significance," is invaluable to bringing Proverbs home to today's adults. I found a wealth of information and observations to bring to my class, supplementing the LifeGuide's march through the attainment of wisdom. Scholarly yet clear and understandable, with little self-agrandizement or obnoxious pretentiousness. The book's 700+ pages are printed on easy-to-read off-white paper with a clear printed font and appears well bound to a simple, sturdy hard-cover. A Scripture index is included as well as a basic subject index which are helpful in developing study topics independent of additional study guides. At $20 per copy, this is a tremendous value and I will purchase as many of this series as are published.
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Review 2 for Proverbs: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC]
Date:November 11, 2003
Rev. Jonathan Wilson
Dr. Koptak's NIV Application Commentary on PROVERBS makes the wisdom of PROVERBS accessible for all readers and instructive for effective preaching. In step with the mission of the series, Dr. Koptak is not shy regarding the critical issues, but the scope of the discussion is to bring the texts alive for the congregation. Dr. Koptak's expertise pertains to the rhetorical functions of scripture; an expertise of profound interest to serious preachers. A text as variegated as PROVERBS may cause reluctance for preachers to engage it, yet I found that Dr. Koptak's commentary overcomes the hurdles with insight into the wisdom that "begins with the fear of the LORD." Added to that is Dr. Koptak's pleasing readability. Highly recommended.