Better Way of Reading Proverbs?

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Liam | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Mar 13 2018 7:21 PM

Hello everybody,

I'm wanting to read through proverbs categorically by subject instead of strait through, however I can't find an adequate system of categories for doing this. Many of the systems I've seen don't actually contain every proverb, or they repeat proverbs in multiple categories. I'd like to find a system of categorizing proverbs that:

1. Contains all the proverbs in the book (I'm also open to one that included all the proverbs in all of Scripture though)

2. Doesn't repeat proverbs in multiple categories

3. Doesn't have an overwhelming number of categories (such as the proverbs explorer tool which has hundreds)

Has anyone seen anything like this, or anything even close? It seems that it would be extremely helpful for reading the proverbs more closely if a better system for categorizing them existed.

Any help here would be amazing!

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Paul Caneparo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 14 2018 12:17 AM

Liam:

Hello everybody,

I'm wanting to read through proverbs categorically by subject instead of strait through, however I can't find an adequate system of categories for doing this. Many of the systems I've seen don't actually contain every proverb, or they repeat proverbs in multiple categories. I'd like to find a system of categorizing proverbs that:

1. Contains all the proverbs in the book (I'm also open to one that included all the proverbs in all of Scripture though)

2. Doesn't repeat proverbs in multiple categories

3. Doesn't have an overwhelming number of categories (such as the proverbs explorer tool which has hundreds)

Has anyone seen anything like this, or anything even close? It seems that it would be extremely helpful for reading the proverbs more closely if a better system for categorizing them existed.

Any help here would be amazing!

Liam

This resource may help

https://community.logos.com/forums/t/162630.aspx

Here's the publisher's explanation

The revolutionary method employed in this commentary combines two different approaches. Firstly, the verse-by-verse approach and secondly, the thematic style. Most modern commentaries on Proverbs don't cover every verse, as this one does. Most other commentaries also don't show the thematic nature of the book of Proverbs.

Eric Lane shows his long investigation into the text by giving a comprehensive thematic index of topics covered. This means that whilst every verse is covered, each chapter is arranged topically, making it more reader-friendly.

Eric Lane succeeds brilliantly in bringing us a study of Proverbs that can be used as a devotional aid or bible study companion. He reveals Proverbs as something more than a disconnected collection of inspired sayings!

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 14 2018 12:22 AM

I believe the resource Paul refers to is https://www.logos.com/product/18468/proverbs-everyday-wisdom-for-everyone 

Having looked at it briefly it more focuses on structuring each chapter topically than a topical approach to the book as a whole, but certainly worth checking.

Ill try and look further at this later

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Paul Caneparo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 14 2018 12:54 AM

Graham Criddle:

I believe the resource Paul refers to is https://www.logos.com/product/18468/proverbs-everyday-wisdom-for-everyone 

Having looked at it briefly it more focuses on structuring each chapter topically than a topical approach to the book as a whole, but certainly worth checking.

Ill try and look further at this later

Thanks Graham

That's the right one. Chrome crashed when I copied and I obviously didn't check that the link had been correctly copied.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 14 2018 2:08 AM

Liam

Would Bible Browser - filtering on the book of Proverbs and then working through the different topics help?

Liam:

1. Contains all the proverbs in the book (I'm also open to one that included all the proverbs in all of Scripture though)

2. Doesn't repeat proverbs in multiple categories

I don't know if this approach satisfies either of these criteria, however!

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 14 2018 2:26 AM

Lane’s volume is excellent and classroom friendly!

DAL

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Liam | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 14 2018 6:39 AM

Thank you all for the suggestions!

Does anyone happen to have a screen shot of the index in Lane’s volume? It sounds like that would be the part that would be useful in this. 

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Yasmin Stephen | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 14 2018 7:02 AM

Liam:

Thank you all for the suggestions!

Does anyone happen to have a screen shot of the index in Lane’s volume? It sounds like that would be the part that would be useful in this. 

I hope these are helpful:

1462.Contents.docx

2022.Subject Index.docx

8080.Scripture Index.docx

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RHC | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 14 2018 8:21 AM

In case you haven't seen it, this thread also discusses the question of grouping proverbs by theme, with several suggestions:

https://community.logos.com/forums/t/49361.aspx

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Liam | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 22 2018 6:28 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone!

I ended up finding this resource suggested by MJ in a parallel thread. Looks like it does what I was thinking. 

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