Old Testament Survey Poetry Books

What is the triad of virtues that Solomon combines in the introduction to the book of Proverbs?
knowledge, wisdom, and discipline

Which of the following best describes a proverb?
It is a general truth.

Which of the following phrases is repeated three times in the Song of Solomon as a warning to control desires (sexual) in order to prevent a premarital sexual relationship?
Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires

Which of the following is one reason why the writer of Proverbs says that wisdom is of practical value?
It exposes the folly of sin

In Ecclesiastes the writer says that wisdom is better than folly, but what is one of the limitations of wisdom?
because it cannot deliver a person from death

In Proverbs, what does the author say is the motivation for gaining wisdom?
fear of the Lord

What are the key verses in Ecclesiastes?
12:13?14

What is the basic meaning of the Hebrew word for “wisdom”?
skill

In the Song of Solomon (chapter 8) what is the figure of speech used for the beginning of love?
birth

In Ecclesiastes, what are the three endeavors that Solomon says he investigated to find meaning in life?
pleasure, wisdom, and work

What is the imagery for the two poems where “beloved” expresses separation from the one she loves?
dream

According to interpretative options presented in class, what is the best way to interpret the Song of Solomon?
an collection of love poems that provide a unified description of the development of love and marriage

What is the perspective in the first unit in the book of Proverbs?
a father’s advice to his son

To emphasize the value of wisdom, what contrast does the wrier use in Proverbs 9?
a woman of wisdom and a woman of folly

Which of the following is the proposed interpretation of those who believe the Song is a drama?
It a story about a love triangle between Solomon, who was attempting to seduce a beautiful girl away from her shepherd boyfriend.

What is the theme of the opening poem in Ecclesiastes?
the futility of life

Which of the following is one of the principles from the Song of Solomon on sexual intimacy in marriage?
Sex is a natural, normal activity of a marriage relationship

Which of the following summarizes the two main units (sections) in Ecclesiastes?
The futility of human effort/The futility of human understanding

In addition to Solomon, which the following persons made a contribution to the book of Proverbs?
the scribes of Hezekiah

In the conclusion of Ecclesiastes, what are the two admonitions for enjoying (making sense) out of life that is filled with enigmas (situations that we cannot understand)?
revere the Lord and obey His commands

What is the imagery used in Proverbs 8 to portray wisdom?
Woman

According to the book of Ecclesiastes, what is one of the reasons that we cannot know whether the future will bring fortune or misfortune
We cannot depend on righteousness to protect us from misfortune.

What is the relationship of the description of the noble wife (Proverbs 31) to the rest of the book?
She is an example of a person who has applied the wisdom of the book.

What counsel did Lemuel’s mother give for rulers?
Encouraged him to champion of justice

What are the three broad categories for classifying the Psalms?
lament, praise, wisdom

What are the key verses for the book of Job?
42:4?6

How many of Zophar’s speeches are recorded in the book of Job?
2

How would you classify Psalm 29, which begins as follows?
“Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Praise

In comparison with the prophet or the priest, what would the sage (wise man) say of disobedience to the Lord?
It is folly

Which of the following is one of the characteristics of Hebrew wisdom literature?
They were concerned about the application of divine truth to human experience.

In his speech, what did Elihu say that Job had compromised in defending his innocence?
God’s justice

In the cycles of speeches, in which cycle did Job’s friends tell him that he had probably sinned?
2

What is the primary message of the book of Job?
Some experiences in life are hidden in the shadow of God’s sovereignty and must be accepted by faith.

What did Job’s friends believe about suffering?
Suffering is punishment for sin.

How would you classify Psalm 37, which begins as follows:
Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
Wisdom

In Psalm 37, what are the figures of speech in the third and fourth lines?
Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
Simile

How would you classify the figures of speech in the statement, “He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.”?
Synecdoche

According to Job 42:5-6, how was Job’s understanding of God transformed through suffering?
From impersonal to personal

What is the largest category of Psalms?
Lament

How would you classify the figure of speech is the statement, “All my bones shall say, ‘Lord, who is like you.'” (Psalm 35:10)?
Personification

What did Job friends insist was the reason for his suffering in the third round of speeches?
Job had sinned

What is the figure of speech in the statement, “My soul clings to you?”
Synecdoche

What did Satan’s accusation against Job imply about God?
That He was not worthy of worship.

What are the two categories of wisdom literature of the ancient Near East?
proverbial maxims about life in general and discourses on life’s difficult problems
teachings about life and teachings about death

What three concepts does the Book of Job attempt to present simultaneously?
God who is good and sovereign, Job who is righteous but suffers, and a redefinition of retribution theology

Which of the following is the basic characteristic of an imprecatory psalm?
Calling for harsh judgment on the psalmist’s enemies

To you I will cry, O LORD, my rock.
Lament

Give unto the LORD the glory due His name.
Praise

The law of the LORD is perfect.
Wisdom/Didactic

Let death seize them.
Imprecatory

I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free.
Synthetic

The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to man.
Antithetical

Which of the following is quoted in the New Testament as a reference to Christ (the Messiah)?
Nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

Which of the following is an important consideration in attempting to understand the imprecatory Psalms?
Revelation in the Bible is progressive, and the New Testament gives a different perspective on the response to evil.

May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise you.
Synonymous

What is the key word of Psalms?
Worship

What is the key word of Proverbs?
Wisdom

What is the key word of Ecclesiastes?
Vanity

What is the key word Song of Solomon?
Love in marriage