STUDIES IN PROVERBS, by William Amot; Kregel Publications, 1978; 583 pp., $10.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko)
Good commentaries on the book of Proverbs are difficult to find. This volume may, in some respects, fill the void. It was written in the Nineteenth Century by a man who was part of the Free Church Movement in Scotland, and has therefore, much of the value which older books have.
It is not, strictly speaking, a commentary; it is more like a book of meditations. Yet, in the nature of the case, it also explains those passages which it treats. It could almost be described as somewhere between a commentary and a devotional book. Far from subtracting from its worth, however, this enhances its value.
Not every verse in the book is treated. The author picks key verses out of each chapter and treats them in some detail. The interpretation is basically sound: the author does not find in Proverbs a kind of handbook for the moral life, but sees in it the revelation of God in Jesus Christ for His people.
It is filled with many practical illustrations taken from the author’s own time — but illustrations which nevertheless, are pertinent to our own day.
It is highly recommended both as a book of fine devotional reading and as a help in the study of the book. It will be a worthwhile addition to anyone’s home library.