Understanding Wisdom Literature

Conflict and Dissonance in the Hebrew Text
Author: David Penchansky
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802867065
Category: Religion
Page: 129
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Israelite wisdom, literature, David Penchansky argues, records the disputes of ancient sages over basic human questions: What is the purpose of life? Is God just? Why do we suffer? Does God even exist? Penchansky sees confl icting answers to these questions in Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Ben Sira, and the Wisdom of Solomon -- and does not try to harmonize them. Instead, he fi nds meaning in the very dissonance and contradiction within these texts. Employing the latest scholarship yet remaining accessible to nonspecialists and students, Penchansky strikingly focuses on the "big picture" behind wisdom literature -- making it easy for readers to follow and appreciate these challenging texts -- without undermining each book's distinctive features. In the process, Penchansky opens up this rich and fertile vein of Israelite thought and demonstrates the renewed relevance of ancient Hebrew wisdom for today.

Wisdom Literature

A Theological History
Author: Leo G. Perdue
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp
ISBN: 0664229190
Category: Religion
Page: 415
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The Old Testament's wisdom literature offers one of the most intriguing collections of biblical books (Proverbs, Job, the Psalms about Torah and wisdom, Ecclesiastes, Qoheleth, Ben Sira, and the Wisdom of Solomon). In this magisterial textbook, preeminent wisdom scholar Leo G. Perdue sets each book of wisdom in its historical context, examining the conditions that produced the book and shaped its thinking. This allows him to show how wisdom thought changed over time in response to shifting historical and social conditions. In addition to analyzing the historical setting of wisdom, Perdue discerns the theological themes and theological developments within this rich literature.

The Wisdom Literature

Interpreting Biblical Texts Series
Author: Richard J. Clifford
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426750013
Category: Religion
Page: 141
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In this volume, Richard J. Clifford seeks to make the biblical wisdom literature intelligible to modern readers. It is easy to quote the occasional proverb, say a few things about "the problem of evil" in Job, or quote "vanity of vanities, " but far more rewarding to read the whole book with an appreciative and informed eye. Opening chapters of The Wisdom Literature comment on the striking similarities between ancient and modern "wisdom literature" and on the comparable literature from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan. Thereafter, a chapter is devoted to each biblical wisdom book (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Sirach, and Wisdom of Solomon), studying not only its content but also its rhetoric -- how it engages the reader.

The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature

Selections Annotated & Explained : Translation & Annotation
Author: Rami M. Shapiro
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594731098
Category: Religion
Page: 184
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Contemporary translations and powerful commentaries clarify who Wisdom is, what she teaches, and how her words can help you live justly, wisely, and with compassion. Original. $25,000 ad/promo.

Wisdom Literature

Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Canticles, Ecclesiastes, and Esther
Author: Roland Edmund Murphy
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802818775
Category: Religion
Page: 185
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Understanding Wisdom

Sources & Science Spiritual Principles
Author: Warren S. Brown
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN: 1890151300
Category: Medical
Page: 445
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Sheds light on the age-old question: What is wisdom and where does it come from? This book also presents research on brain functioning, drawn from observing individuals with damage to specific neural areas, to suggest the importance of integration between hemispheres of the brain to comprehend complex situations in a way that may be termed wise.

Israel's Wisdom Literature

A Liberation-critical Reading
Author: Dianne Bergant
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451406597
Category: Religion
Page: 194
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This series looks at various sections of the Old Testament from the perspective of a worldview in which various groups of humans, and other parts of the natural world, are considered in a relational way. Covers all the wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Apocrypha.

Wisdom Revealed

The Message of Biblical Wisdom Literature--Then and Now
Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498217494
Category: Religion
Page: 242
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Humans, seeking to understand the nature of reality, have learned to discern life's patterns and to respond to life's vicissitudes by acting wisely, doing what brings happiness and success. The Bible is a record of that journey. It represents the inspired attempt to become wise at the deepest level, living harmoniously with one's community, the earth, and the Creator. Through their inspirational teachings, the sages of the biblical wisdom tradition offer time-honored advice about some of life's most difficult concerns, including the problem of pain, the suffering of the innocent, the nature of evil, the justice of God, and the pervasiveness of death. Wisdom Revealed, a survey of biblical wisdom literature, offers perspective on topics that arise as one follows the text, always with an eye on the big picture, namely, daily living. Those who read this literature will be exposed to a set of core values necessary for vital citizenship and effective leadership at all levels of life. They will also obtain time-honored advice about how to deal with life's uncertainties in a holistic and pragmatic manner, focusing on what it means to be human in the presence of God.

Catholicism

The Story of Catholic Christianity
Author: Gerald J. O'Collins,Mario J. Farrugia
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191043923
Category: Religion
Page: 440
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The bestselling Catholicism has now been revised and updated for an eagerly-anticipated second edition. This lucid and accessible account explains how Roman Catholicism and its beliefs and practices came to be what they are. Renowned scholars Gerald O'Collins and Mario Farrugia move through history to sum up the present characteristics of Catholic Christianity and the major challenges it faces in the third millennium. Clear and engaging, the authors present matters in a fresh and original way. They skilfully depict the Catholic heritage and show that Catholicism is a dynamic and living faith. O'Collins and Farrugia engage with contemporary moral issues and explore the challenges which Catholics and other Christians must face. This is an authoritative, lively, and up-to-date introduction to Catholicism for the twenty-first century.

Wisdom Literature


Author: John Kampen
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802843840
Category: Religion
Page: 390
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This volume is the first comprehensive commentary on the wisdom texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls. John Kampen provides original translations of these works most of which are drawn from an extensive collection of fragments that only became widely accessible for study in 1991 augmenting them with scholarly notes, discussions of key terms, and detailed commentary. Kampen relates the body of wisdom literature discovered at Qumranto the larger wisdom tradition, to apocalyptic literature, to the Hebrew Scriptures, and to the New Testament, and he shows how these texts fit into and enhance our understanding of the complex social and intellectual history of Second Temple Judaism.

An Introduction to Wisdom Literature and the Psalms

Festschrift Marvin E. Tate
Author: Marvin E. Tate,Harold Wayne Ballard,W. Dennis Tucker
Publisher: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 9780865546523
Category: Religion
Page: 242
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"An Introduction to Wisdom Literature and the Psalms is a Festschrift for Senior Professor Marvin E. Tate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who by students and colleagues alike has been cited as "Professor Exemplar." This Festschrift will be welcomed as an exemplary textbook by those who study and teach Old Testament Wisdom Literature and the Psalms." "This collection of essays offers a unique approach to studying the Wisdom Literature and the Psalms. The essays explore introductory themes and background issues to give the student a solid understanding of the ways of wisdom and psalmody in the Old Testament."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Exploring the Old Testament

A Guide to the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
Author: Ernest C. Lucas
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830853111
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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Ernest C. Lucas provides an informed, illuminating and interactive introduction to the ancient background, the literary artistry, and the varied and timeless messages of the Psalms and Wisdom literature.

Africa Bible Commentary

A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars
Author: N.A
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 031087128X
Category: Religion
Page: 1616
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The Africa Bible Commentary is a unique publishing event—the first one-volume Bible commentary produced in Africa by African theologians to meet the needs of African pastors, students, and lay leaders. Interpreting and applying the Bible in the light of African culture and realities, it furnishes powerful and relevant insights into the biblical text that transcend Africa in their significance. The Africa Bible Commentary gives a section-by-section interpretation that provides a contextual, readable, affordable, and immensely useful guide to the entire Bible. Readers around the world will benefit from and appreciate the commentary’s fresh insights and direct style that engage both heart and mind. Key features: · Produced by African biblical scholars, in Africa, for Africa—and for the world · Section-by-section interpretive commentary and application · More than 70 special articles dealing with topics of key importance in to ministry in Africa today, but that have global implications · 70 African contributors from both English- and French-speaking countries · Transcends the African context with insights into the biblical text and the Christian faith for readers worldwide

Wisdom's Wonder

Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible's Wisdom Literature
Author: William P. Brown
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802867936
Category: Religion
Page: 220
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Wisdom's Wonder offers a fresh reading of the Hebrew Bible's wisdom literature with a unique emphasis on "wonder" as the framework for understanding biblical wisdom. William Brown argues that wonder effectively integrates biblical wisdom's emphasis on character formation and its outlook on creation, breaking an impasse that has plagued recent wisdom studies. Drawing on various disciplines, from philosophy to neuroscience, Brown discovers new distinctions and connections in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Each book is studied in terms of its view of moral character and creation, as well as in terms of the social or intellectual crisis each book identifies. Most general treatments of the wisdom literature spend too much time on issues of genre, poetry, and social context at the neglect of discussing the intellectual and emotional power of the wisdom corpus. Brown argues that the real power of the wisdom corpus lies in its capacity to evoke the reader's sense of wonder. An extensive revision and expansion of Brown's Character in Crisis (Eerdmans, 1996), this book demonstrates that the wisdom books are much more than simply advice literature: with wonder as the foundation for understanding, Brown maintains that wisdom is a process with transformation of the self as the goal.

The Tree of Life

An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature
Author: Roland Edmund Murphy
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802839657
Category: Religion
Page: 286
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Since 1990 Roland Murphy's Tree of Life has been a standard introduction to the wisdom literature of the Bible. Now The Tree of Life is available in a third edition, complete with a new preface by the author and a special supplement that surveys the latest developments in wisdom research. This superb study thoroughly explores the wisdom writings of the Bible, interpreting this literature in a way that illumines the development of Israel's search for wisdom throughout its tumultuous history. Murphy looks at each wisdom book individually -- Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus, and Wisdom of Solomon -- and adds to them a discussion of wisdom from other parts of the Old Testament. His careful investigations expose the various guises that wisdom adopts -- the "fear of the Lord," moral formation, the universality of human experience, the mysteries of creation, and others.

Machen wir uns nichts vor!

Wir wir erkennen, was andere wirklich denken
Author: Nicholas Epley
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843709564
Category: Self-Help
Page: 384
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Warum gibt es so oft Missverständnisse selbst zwischen guten Freunden? Warum wissen die wenigsten Ehemänner, was ihre Ehefrauen wollen – und umgekehrt? Warum scheitern Verhandlungen, obwohl sich alle Beteiligten optimal vorbereitet haben? Nicholas Epley hat sich intensiv mit den Fallstricken der menschlichen Kommunikation auseinandergesetzt. Wir alle glauben, uns selbst gut zu kennen, so Epley – und irren uns meist gewaltig. Der nächste fatale Fehler: Wir schließen von uns selbst auf andere. Wir müssen lernen, unsere Empathie zu nutzen. Wie das funktioniert, wie wir eigene und fremde Motive und Bedürfnisse ergründen können, erläutert der Autor anhand von aktuellen wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen. Eine Gebrauchsanleitung für erfolgreiches Mind Reading in jeder Lebenslage – beruflich wie privat.

Proverbs–Isaiah


Author: N.A
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310590582
Category: Religion
Page: 864
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This is a completely revised edition of Gold Medallion Award-winning Expositor’s Bible Commentary. This revised commentary has undergone substantial revisions that keep pace with current evangelical scholarship and resources. Just as its previous edition, it offers a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of the gospel, this ten-volume reference work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide. Its fifty-six contributors—thirty of them are new—represent the best in evangelical scholarship committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.As before, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary features full NIV text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. In addition to its exposition, each book of the Bible has an introduction, outline, and an updated bibliography. Notes on textual questions and special problems are correlated with the expository units; transliteration and translation of Semitic and Greek words make the more technical notes accessible to readers unacquainted with the biblical languages. In matters where marked differences of opinion exist, commentators, while stating their own convictions, deal fairly and irenically with opposing views.

An Old Testament Theology


Author: Bruce K. Waltke
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310863325
Category: Religion
Page: 1040
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The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in the preface of this book, the Old Testament’s every sentence is “fraught with theology, worthy of reflection.” This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the “breaking in of the kingdom of God.” This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.

Wisdom & Creation

The Theology of Wisdom Literature
Author: Leo G. Perdue
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1606080229
Category: Religion
Page: 422
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Wisdom literature, asserts the author, is grounded in the theological tradition of creation. For the Wisdom writers of Israel and early Judaism, God is the maker of heaven and earth, whose creativity both forms and sustains the world. The very nature of God is to create life, to sustain it, and to ensure that it flourishes. God's originating acts of creation and sustaining providence provide the basis for faith, worship, and ethics. Leo G. Perdue grounds his reconstruction of the theology of Wisdom in the creation metaphors residing witin the language of the sages--metaphors that derive from Israelite creation traditions and the mythologies of the ancient Near East. He focuses on the differences and interactions between two sets of creation metaphors: those dealing with the creation of the world (cosmology), and those centering on the creation of humankind (anthropology). The contemporary importance of the creation theology of Wisdom literature, says the author, is that it can move the church away from one-sided emphasis on salvation history and eschatology to a serious participation in environmental concerns and social justice. Wisdom and Creation provides a thorough yet accessible discussion of the theological message of this important part of the Bible.