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God's Twilight Zone: Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible
Perry, T. A.

Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2008 pp. xxi + 208. $19.95

Description: What is the source of Wisdom? What, in fact, is the biblical understanding of Wisdom? And how is Wisdom revealed? In Godís Twilight Zone, T. A. Perry has brought his creative impulse and critical mind to some of the most enigmatic passages of the Hebrew Bible. Instead of confining his study to the so-called ďWisdom literatureĒ genre, Perry proceeds based on the assumption that Wisdom can be found strategically throughout the Hebrew Bible, often in poorly understood passages that seem out of place within their wider context. Perry provides serious students with an insightful and incisive lens through which to interpret, among other biblical passages, the story of Judah and Tamar, the riddle proposed by Samson, and the words of Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) reflecting on the advancing years of life. Solomonís genius in the tale of the two mothers, Perry demonstrates, is not in ascertaining the true mother, but in understanding the Wisdom of preserving life. Through this thoughtful study, the reader will see that Godís Wisdom is profound and sometimes viewed best in the murky light of the twilight zone at the start and end of a day.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Literature

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Review by Thomas M. Bolin
Published 4/11/2009
Citation: Thomas M. Bolin, review of T. A. Perry, God's Twilight Zone: Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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