Be Wise, My Son, and Make My Heart Glad: An Exploration of the Courtly Nature of the Book of Proverbs // Christopher B. Ansberry.
Ansberry has done us a great service in this revised edition of his doctorate dissertation under the supervision of Daniel I. Block on the “errant child” of the Old Testament–the Book of Proverbs. Despite popular lore of Proverbs as a smorgasbord of pithy sentences, Ansberry, like an adept weaver, twines the loose seams of Proverbs into a coherent yet comprehensive wisdom manual for the young noble. Since the young noble will assume a position of power, wisdom is needed to safeguard the needs of the marginalized, vitalize the values of the community, and exhibit the fear of YHWH.
“However, when the material is read within the discourse setting of the book, it appears to be a work of the court, by the court, and for the court, but in the interests of the people” (189).