Exploring Old Testament Wisdom: Literature and Themes by David Firth

By David Firth

This quantity surveys contemporary advancements within the examine of outdated testomony knowledge; discusses matters that experience arisen in Proverbs, activity and Ecclesiastes; examines the music of Songs, Ruth and a few Psalms as knowledge texts; and explores knowledge and biblical theology, the concept that of retribution, and the difficulty of divine absence.

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Albright suggested that behind the figure of Wisdom there may lie a Canaanite goddess of wisdom, perhaps a hypostatization of an attribute of the high god El. There is no evidence that Wisdom was regarded as a personal being distinct from El, and no known Canaanite goddess of wisdom. There is virtually no evidence to support Lang’s thesis. The weakness of Lang’s case is that it is built on a series of conjectures. It does not, however, provide much illumination for the other aspects of personified Wisdom presented in Proverbs 1 – 9.

The postmodern turn is, in my opinion, running out of steam and a danger is that we will relapse into historical criticism and virulent forms of secular readings. The literary turn proved to be fertile and there is a need to return to its best work and ensure that we develop literary readings to their full potential. Such sites should include intertextuality, biblical theology and wisdom, the theology of the individual wisdom books, wisdom and preaching, wisdom and spirituality, and the public dimensions of wisdom.

14:12; 27:1). 6. Very importantly, the sages accepted that human understanding is limited and that we cannot ‘second-guess’ what Yahweh will do (19:21; 21:30). However, the tensions in the book make its limitations clear to attentive readers. This ‘rule of thumb’ exists because we live in a world created by Yahweh, who is concerned that we should behave with righteousness and justice. However, we cannot expect to understand Yahweh’s purposes and actions fully, and so for this reason it is only a ‘rule of thumb’.

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