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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Good commentaries on the Sapiential Literature?

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I've always had a deep love for the books of the Bible known as the Sapiential Literature: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs (aka, Song of Solomon), and the apocryphal texts the Book of Wisdom and Sirach.


I thought I'd pose this question: what commentaries have you enjoyed on this body of work? Any you'd recommend that focus on individual books? How about the books or genre as a whole?


Thank you for sharing. :)

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The majority of commentaries I use deal with the languages. If that is not a problem for you then Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms Series is excellent. A commentary series that you might like is The NIV Application Commentary These are based upon the NIV but every author is a first rate scholar.


Two books that serve as introductions are: An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books by C. Hassell Bullock and Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms by Daniel J. Estes.

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