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In this work, Daniel Estes introduces students to the Old Testament poetical books--Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. Each chapter explores one of the five poetical books. Estes first summarizes some of the book's key issues. He then devotes the main portion of the chapter to an exposition of the book, interacting with major commentaries and recent studies. Each chapter concludes with an extensive bibliography, allowing for further exploration. Following in the tradition of Handbook on the Pentateuch (over sixty thousand copies sold), this valuable resource will help pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and Bible study leaders better understand the overall flow of each poetical book.




Bible, Old Testament, Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

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Baker Academic


Biblical Studies


Class of 1974

About the Author

Dr. Dan Estes serves as Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Center for Biblical Integration. He teaches courses in Spiritual Formation and Christian Worldview Integration in the general education Bible minor. His areas of research and writing include the Psalms and Old Testament Wisdom Literature. His most recent book, a commentary on Song of Songs for the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series, was released in 2009. Dr. Estes received his B.A. in preseminary Bible and English from Cedarville (1974), his Th.M. in Old Testament exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary (1978), and his Ph.D. in biblical exegesis from Cambridge University (1988). He was elected to a life membership in Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 2005. Dr. Estes and his wife, Carol, live in Worthington, where Dan is choir director at Linworth Baptist Church, a church in which he served as an assistant pastor for 10 years.

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Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms



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