A SOLIHULL minister is hoping to shake up traditional perceptions of a biblical text with his provocative book launched this week.
Rev Dr Peter Hatton's book titled Contradiction in the Book of Proverbs: The Deep Waters of Counsel is a direct translation from Hebrew to English.
The Solihull Methodist Church minister believes his text is a more "literal and faithful" version of the original manuscript than earlier texts that were translated from Greek.
He said: "This book was written to correct current ideas that Proverbs is filled with boring old banalities jumbled together.
"It is in fact a spikey and provocative book carefully arranged to make people think."
Up to 50 people attended the launch on Monday held at St Augustine Church and heard an opening speech from Rev Dr Knut Heim from Queens College Birmingham, who described the text as "ground-breaking."
Based on doctoral research conducted for his PhD thesis, Dr Hatton said his book is primarily for academic use.
"In the last 200 years, the critical scholars who have been demolishing the bible have been ignoring and neglecting the book of Proverbs."
"This book will be useful for theology students who have been taught for years that Proverbs was the least interesting of the 'wisdom' books."
The full time minister, who often quotes Proverbs in his sermons, said the text contains plenty of topics relevant to today's world such as bringing up children and how to behave in the workplace.
Contradictions in the Book of Proverbs: The Deep Waters of Counsel is available to buy online from various bookstores for £50.