Long before “reader response criticism” was a thing, the biblical proverbs issued their invitation to everyone within shouting distance. “What do you think about this?” they ask.

In this series, we will respond to that invitation. Our experiences may put us at odds with some proverbs, but that’s to be expected. Some of the proverbs even disagree with each other, so we probably shouldn’t lose any sleep over a few differences of opinion. The point is to enter into a discussion about what it means to live wisely, faithfully, and well. It’s a conversation that spans the centuries, and I hope you’ll accept the invitation to be part of it.


Carol M. Bechtel