Proverbs provides its readers with clear-cut teachings about how to achieve happiness through understanding one’s proper relation with God’s role in society.
Proverbs bears witness, especially in the first and the third division, to the existence of some sort of organized higher instruction at the time when it was composed.
The theology of Proverbs is the simplest form of theism.
The Book of Proverbs is referred to as wisdom literature, along with the book of Job, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon, and several apocryphal books.
The Book of Proverbs is one of the books of the "Writings" of the Old Testament.
The Book of Proverbs belongs to the group of ?okmah, or "Wisdom" books, in which Job and Ecclesiastes are also included.
In 1 Kings 4:29-34, 3000 proverbs and over 1000 songs are said to have been written by him.
The original Hebrew title of the book of Proverbs is "Mнshlк Shlomoh" ("Proverbs of Solomon").
The Greek and Latin vulgate translations of the title were "Proverbs" and "Proverbial," respectively, from which the English title of Proverbs is derived.
Traditionally ascribed to Solomon, Proverbs today is generally held to a later work combining several sources.
Among those who accept this view of Solomon, the general assumption is that he authored at least some of the Book of Proverbs, but that the book was not solely his work.