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Wisdom literature uses word pictures to describe every day life. Part of the greatness of these books (most of which are presented in poetry) derives from their complexity, with highly stylized structures and abundant usage of imagery and symbolism, which add multiple layers of meaning beyond just plain text.
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Doug is Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elgin, Illinois. He previously served as Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Practical Theology at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and earned his PhD from the University of Aberdeen. Doug is the author of several books, including commentaries on the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, the Gospel of Matthew, and John’s Epistles. With R. Kent Hughes, he wrote and edited The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry.
Robert serves on the clergy team at Christ Church in Vienna, Austria (Church of England, Diocese in Europe). He also serves as the Director of Ministries of the Charles Simeon Trust, where he has served since 2005. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago, an MS in Communications (Journalism) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in New Testament at the University of Bristol in England. His dissertation was published by Mohr Siebeck in the WUNT II series as Hellenistic Dimensions of the Gospel of Matthew: Background and Rhetoric. He previously served as a pastoral intern at Holy Trinity Church for six years (2002-2008) and later as University Minister (2012-2014). He is a Fellow at the Center for Pastor Theologians and also serves on the Boards of the Charles Simeon Trust of Canada and Prédica Fiel in Cuba.
David Jackman is the retired President of the Proclamation Trust in London and is a renowned preacher and international speaker. He studied at Trinity College, Bristol and then began as assistant minister at Above Bar Church in Southampton in 1976. After 11 years as Senior Minister, David left Above Bar in 1991 to found the Cornhill Training Course in London, beginning his official affiliation with Dick Lucas and the Proclamation Trust. David is the author of numerous books including The Message of John’s Letters and Let’s Study 1 Corinthians.
R. Kent Hughes is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He holds the John Boyer Chair of Evangelism and Culture and is a recently retired professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kent is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, and is the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentary series as well as the author or coauthor of many books.
K. Edward Copeland serves as pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois. He earned a BA from the University of Illinois, a JD from the University of California, an MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California, as well as a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has taught for the National Baptist Convention of America, USA Inc. as well as district associations, conventions, and conferences throughout the nation and across denominational lines. He is author of Riding in the Second Chariot: A Guide for Associate Ministers, and a contributing author to Entrusted with the Gospel by Crossway. He also serves as a Council Member of the Gospel Coalition.
Mike serves as Senior Pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin. Mike earned a diploma in Bible and Theology at Moody Bible Institute and a BA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College. He then earned an MDiv and ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, followed by a PhD in Rhetorical History and Criticism from Northwestern University. Prior to leading the launch of CrossWay Community Church in 1998, Mike served for 15 years as an Associate Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, as well as chairman of the Practical Theology Department at TEDS. He also serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition.