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Hear, My Son: Teaching and Learning in Proverbs 1-9 (Daniel J Estes) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2000) 9780830826049
Hear, My Son: Teaching and Learning in Proverbs 1-9 (Daniel J Estes) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2000) 9780830826049
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Title: Hear, My Son: Teaching and Learning in Proverbs 1-9

Author: Estes, Daniel J

Publisher: InterVarsity Press; Publication Date: 2000

Paperback; ISBN: 9780830826049

Volumes: 1; Pages: 174

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Even a cursory reading of the book of Proverbs reveals that it is dominated by the subject of education, or personal formation. The voice of the teacher addressing his pupils resounds from its pages. A wide array of topics is presented, and frequent exhortations challenge the learner to hear and heed the teacher's instruction. This material, however, comes for the most part without recognizable order or sequence. Much of Proverbs consists of apparently random collections of maxims. As readers, we see many individual pieces, but the puzzle as a whole remains unclear.

In Hear, My Son, Daniel J. Estes synthesizes the teachings of the first nine chapters of Proverbs into a systematic statement of the theory of education and personal formation that lies behind the text. Working from the Hebrew text and building upon an extensive analysis of exegetical works, Estes organizes his study of Proverbs 1--9 into seven categories typical of pedagogical discussion: worldview, values for education, goals for education, curriculum for education, the process of instruction, the role of the teacher, and the role of the learner.

His work agrees with but also transcends the original purpose of the text by revealing the foundational theory of intellectual and moral formation embedded in this important section of Scripure. It also has valuable things to say about constructing a bibilically informed philosophy of education today.

Contents

Series Preface

Preface

Chief abbreviations

Introduction

Description of the study

Rationale for the study

1. The worldview of Proverbs 1-9

Creation: The universe is Yahweh's creation

Order: Yahweh is sovereignly controlling the world

Rationality: Yahweh's world is knowable, but also mysterious

Fear of Yahweh: Humans must revere Yahweh in their lives

Conclusion

2. Values for education

Wisdom

Teachability

Righteousness

Life

Conclusion

3. Goals for education

Commitment

Character

Competence

Protection

Prosperity

Knowledge of God

Conclusion

4. Curriculum for education

Observation

Tradition

Revelation

Conclusion

5. Process of instruction

Address

Description

Condition with command

Command with reasons

Command with reasons and illustrations

Command with consequences

Command with rhetorical questions

Incentive

Invitation

Conclusion

6. Role of the teacher

The teacher as an expert authority

The teacher as a facilitator

The teacher as a guide

Conclusion

7. Role of the learner

The learner must receive wisdom

The learner must respond to wisdom

The learner must value wisdom

The learner must assimilate wisdom

Conclusion

Conclusion

Retrospect

Prospect

Bibliography

Index of Scripture references

Index of authors
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