Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity Poetry and Wisdom Books of the Bible These books deal with human struggles and experiences Share Flipboard Email Print Blaise Nicolas Le Sueur / Getty Images Christianity The Bible Christianity Origins The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Weddings Inspirational Bible Devotions Denominations of Christianity Funerals and Memorial Services Christian Holidays Christian Entertainment Key Terms in Christianity Catholicism Latter Day Saints View More By Mary Fairchild Christianity Expert General Biblical Studies, Interdenominational Christian Training Center Mary Fairchild is a full-time Christian minister, writer, and editor of two Christian anthologies, including "Stories of Cavalry." our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Mary Fairchild Updated June 25, 2019 The writing of the Poetry and Wisdom Books of the Bible spanned from the time of Abraham through the end of the Old Testament period. Possibly the oldest of the books, Job is of unknown authorship. The Psalms have many different writers, King David being the most notable and others remaining anonymous. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs are primarily attributed to Solomon. Believers seeking advice on everyday questions and choices will find answers in the Wisdom Books of the Bible. Sometimes referred to as "wisdom literature" these five books deal precisely with our human struggles and real-life experiences. The emphasis in this genre is teaching individual readers what things are necessary to gain moral excellence and obtain favor with God. For instance, the book of Job addresses our questions about suffering, overthrowing the argument that all suffering is a result of sin. The Psalms portray nearly every facet of man’s relationship with God. And the Proverbs cover a wide range of practical topics, all emphasizing man's true source of wisdom—the fear of the Lord. Being literary in style, the Poetry and Wisdom Books are designed to stimulate the imagination, inform the intellect, capture the emotions, and direct the will, and therefore deserve meaningful reflection and contemplation when read. Poetry and Wisdom Books of the Bible Job - The book of Job confronts the problem of human suffering and the sovereignty of God. And while suffering is the chief theme of the book, no answer is given. However, in these pages, we learn what God expects from us during suffering. Job is the place to go in times of affliction.Psalms - The book of Psalms is one of the most beautiful collections of poetry in the Bible. Many people find that these verses describe human problems so well that the Psalms often make excellent prayers. Psalms is the place to run when you're hurting.Proverbs - The book of Proverbs is packed full with God's wisdom for living a happy life. It is among the most practical books of the Bible. Proverbs is a good choice when you're looking for timeless truth that is easy to understand and apply to your life.Ecclesiastes - In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon takes a unique approach to the pursuit of meaning. Success in life, we discover, can be found only in a right relationship with God. To find wisdom that will keep you from ruining your life, turn to Ecclesiastes.Song of Songs - The Song of Songs, sometimes called the Song of Solomon, is a touching portrait of love and affection within marriage. Go to Song of Songs to learn about the type of relationship every couple should strive for in marriage.