Bernd U. Schipper received his Dr. theol. from the University of Bonn in 1999 and Dr. phil. in Egyptology from the University of Hamburg in 2004. He held appointments at the University of Bremen, University of Oldenburg, the University of Heidelberg, and Harvard University. Since 2010 he has been professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Faculty of Theology of the Humboldt University in Berlin. His research focuses on Wisdom literature, the history and religion of ancient Israel, the cultural contacts between Israel and Egypt, and the 'Judean-Aramaic' community on Elephantine. His publications include Geschichte Israels in der Antike (2018).
The book of Proverbs is more than the sum of its parts. Even if some proverbs could be older, the overall composition stems from the late Persian or early Hellenistic period. By introducing the scribal student to the foundations of sapiential knowledge and its critical reflection, the book of Proverbs comes close to the critical wisdom of Job and Qohelet. In addition to a detailed exegesis of the biblical text, this commentary presents new parallels from Egyptian wisdom literature.