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Wisdom Literature
Balentine, Samuel E.

Nashville: Abingdon, 2018 pp. xiii + 190. $29.99

Series Information
Core Biblical Studies


Description: If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom formed in the life of faith, its end is nothing less than the shaping of a moral self and community attuned to the character of God. This pursuit of wisdom is an ongoing journey, never a simple arrival. For the wisdom writings of the Old Testament, the pursuit of wisdom calls for the ongoing attainment of instruction, insight, shrewdness, knowledge, prudence, learning, and skill. And persons who attain wisdom think more deeply, are more discerning, and have a keener insight into the complexities and nuances of decision making. For a world-perspective that assumes the power and reality of divinity, being wise means living ethically - and to live ethically, one must be in a constant intellectual pursuit of meaning. The book details the structure, themes, and contribution to both ancient and modern society of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. The chapters on Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon will discuss the consonance and dissonance with ďcanonical wisdom,Ē giving special attention to the development of their core ideas. The book will conclude with a chapter on Wisdomís abiding legacy.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, The Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus (Sirach), Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Katharine Dell
Published 5/30/2019
Citation: Katharine Dell, review of Samuel E. Balentine, Wisdom Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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