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We may know that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” (Proverbs 9:10) but what does it mean to be wise, in a biblical sense? What value is there in thinking, behaving, and living wisely? And how do we achieve biblical wisdom? In this study of the book of Proverbs, find answers to these questions and more as you explore the vast treasures of wisdom preserved in this book, written centuries ago.

The class was developed in collaboration with Denver Seminary faculty.

  • Identify the literary genre, purpose, and authors of the book of Proverbs.
  • Define biblical wisdom.
  • Describe the organization and characteristics of the book of Proverbs.
  • Explore other ancient Near Eastern proverbs, their similarities to biblical proverbs, and what they tell us about the importance of biblical wisdom across generations and cultures.
  • Explore the universal applicability of specific types of proverbs.
  • Examine several key Hebrew words used throughout the book of Proverbs and discuss what we can learn from them.
  • Gain an appreciation for the invaluable wisdom provided to us in the book of Proverbs.
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    — Giovanni, Italy
  • I really enjoyed this course and felt that it helped me have a better understanding of Proverbs.

    — Stacy, United States (US)
  • Excellent course and an eye opener to everyone who pursues it.

    — Joseph, Kenya
  • A very good introduction to the book of Proverbs. Not overwhelmingly technical, yet not shallow either. The lecturer speaks with feeling and conviction. I also find it interesting to be able to compare the sayings of this book with ancient Near Eastern proverbs, and to be able to explore the connotations of the various Hebrew words related to wisdom.

    — Weng Yuen, Singapore
  • Simple but deep course on Proverbs.

    — Samuel, Nigeria
  • Being able to organize the Proverbs is particularly useful to me as it is one of the best places to go to when providing counsel or instruction with practical applications to daily living.

    — William, United States (US)
  • It was a good course, but I thought the course was a bit too general. Too much time was spent comparing biblical proverbs to other non-biblical ones. The main overall thrust of the Proverbs was conveyed well.

    — Russell, United States (US)
  • Good basic course  

    — Bethany Driggs, United States (US)
  • This course has helped to increase my desire to spend time studying the Book of Proverbs and meditating on individual verses.

    — Veronica, United Kingdom (UK)
  • It provided valuable insight and caused self-evaluation.

    — Barbara a, United States (US)
  • The class was easy to follow and to the point.

    — Andrea, United States (US)
  • Proverbs helps me in everyday life making decisions learning to honor the LORD more and more .

    — Nikia, United States (US)
  • Well done!

    — Jay, United States (US)
  • This lesson was provocative and it caused me to search my heart and lay it out before the Lord. It showed me there are still many things the Lord wants to change about me when it comes to the power of the tongue. This lesson was helpful, enriching, and causes one to grow in areas that were on lock down and stale. Thank you.

    — Della, United States (US)
  • The Hebrew words that were incorporated at the end was most helpful. A wonderful introductory course to the book of Proverbs.

    — Christina, Canada
  • This course provided an understanding of Proverbs that I did not expect & therefore to me was very valuable in discovering the components of this book. It covered a lot of insight into areas of Proverbs that I may not have easily discovered anywhere else.

    — Don, Canada

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Class Details

  • 6 Lessons
  • 16 Activities
  • 6 Assessments
  • 13 Min Average
  • 3 Hrs Minimum
  • 1.05 CEUs
  • Class Award

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Hélène Dallaire, PhD