Week 1 Wisdom Literature

Introduction: A Good Conversation: Proverbs 1:1–7; Job 1:1–4:21

Education aimed at transformation requires conversation. That, in a nutshell, is the overarching theme of this nine-week Lectio series on the Hebrew Wisdom Literature. Full reading and audio »


Week 2 Wisdom Literature

A Prudential Motive: Proverbs 1:7–3:18

As you will recall from Week 1, the overarching theme of this Lectio series on the Hebrew Wisdom Literature can be stated — appropriately enough! — in a maxim: “Education aimed at transformation requires conversation.”
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Week 3 Wisdom Literature

An Optimistic Attitude: Proverbs 8:1–9:18

Last week, we looked at the “prudential motive” that the early Hebrew sages offered their students for pursuing wisdom. The sages believed that God’s creation was morally ordered, that this order was knowable to human beings … Full reading and audio »


Week 4 Wisdom Literature

An Empirical Method: Proverbs 3:19–6:35; 10:1–15:33

We’ve seen that the sages of Israel believed that the universe, being the creation of a just and all-wise God, was morally ordered, and that God’s revealed laws mapped out the general features of this moral order. Full reading and audio »


Week 5 Wisdom Literature

An International Orientation: Proverbs 22:17–24:22; 30:1–33; 31:1–9

In the past three weeks we’ve examined the prudential motive that drives the search for wisdom, the optimistic attitude that undergirds that search, and the empirical method by means of which it proceeds. Full reading and audio »


Week 6 Wisdom Literature

Against Prudentialism — The Problem of Evil (Psalms 37 and 73; Job 38:1–41:34)

We come today to the turning point in our course. For the past four weeks we’ve been looking at various aspects of “wisdom orthodoxy.” Full reading and audio »


Week 7 Wisdom Literature

Against Optimism: The Vanity of Life (Ecclesiastes 1:1-4:7)

In this Lectio series, we are examining four themes that figure prominently in Old Testament Wisdom Literature. Weeks 2–5 were devoted to the “orthodox” treatment of those themes given in the oldest of the Bible’s Wisdom writings, the book of Proverbs, and Weeks 6–9 to questions and criticisms raised by later Hebrew sages against the orthodox positions. Full reading and audio »


Week 8 Wisdom Literature

Against Empiricism: Divine Transcendence and Divine Revelation (Job 28:1–28; Wisdom of Solomon 6:1–9:18)

The early Hebrew sages were prudentialists, moral optimists, and empiricists. It is the inadequacy of their empiricism, at least in the eyes of the later wisdom tradition, that concerns us today. Full reading and audio »


Week 9 Wisdom Literature

Against Internationalism: The Remembrance of Israel’s Glory (Wisdom of Solomon 10:1–19:22)

In Week 6 of this series, we saw that the early sages of Israel were “internationalists.” By this we meant two things. 
First, they were clearly familiar with the writings of the sages of neighboring nations … Full reading and audio »