The 11-page article, Introduction to the Proverbs, includes text and supporting charts that develop and support the following statements:
- The Book of Proverbs belongs to that portion of the Old Testament we refer to as the Poetic Books or the Wisdom Books.
- They were collected over a period of some 150 years from 900–750 B.C.: from the time of King Solomon to that of King Hezekiah.
- They were originally used as instruction for those entering the service of the king, but are at home in all the corners of everyday life.
- The proverbs themselves are short and concise statements in the place of many words—that they may be readily recalled when needed.
- After almost 3000 years, they still serve as good advice for navigating the storms of life.
- PDF includes two charts of individual proverbs contrasting the reality and consequences of learning and not learning:
- “Learning vs. Not Learning: Present Reality” (Proverbs 1.7, 22; 3.11-12; 6.23; 9.7-8; 12.1, 15; 13.14; 14.8; 15.12, 32; 17.10; 18.2; 25.12; 27.5, 9)
- “Learning vs. Not Learning: Future Consequences” (Proverbs 1.23, 24-27, 28-30, 31, 32; 2.5, 9, 10, 11; 3.2, 13-14; 4.8; 9.12; 10.17; 15.31; 29.1)
- The PDF also includes a chart on “Levels of Thinking.”