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New Commentary on Proverbs by Christine Roy Yoder of Columbia Theological Seminary


Decatur, GA— Christine Roy Yoder is the author of Proverbs, a new commentary in the series Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries (Nashville: Abingdon). Yoder is associate professor of Old Testament language, literature, and exegesis at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, GA. This new work has brought Yoder high praise from Old Testament scholars, among them Richard Clifford of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and Walter Brueggemann, her former colleague at Columbia. Clifford says, “Drawing on her extensive work on Proverbs, Yoder has given us a well written, imaginative, and pastorally sensitive commentary on this difficult but rewarding book.” “The wisdom teaching of Proverbs is a great gift to ‘progressive thinkers’ who want to move beyond primitive supernaturalism and yet attend to the starchy givenness of the world governed by God,” says Brueggemann. “Yoder sees clearly how that interpretation mattered in the ancient world in order to maintain a viable social life. She knows as well how it may matter to contemporary readers to whom she offers the wondrous gift of this book.” Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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