Gospel and Wisdom

 

Gospel and Wisdom

Paul's Goodreads Review

A thoughtful explanation of the Bible's wisdom literature and the theme of wisdom theme throughout the Bible. I found the discussions on the absence of salvation history references in the wisdom literature, the reconciling of Proverbs with Ecclesiastes and Job, and the focus on 'order' as the key to wisdom really interesting.
 

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[For Israel,] Eventually it was shown that a monarchy, when it was allowed to express the covenant, was not only permitted by God, but was in fact a divine gift to foreshadow the messianic rule of God’s kingdom.

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Proverbs defines goodness in terms that are wider than morality and ethics. It is the order that underlies the creation.

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The optimism of Proverbs is that chaos has not conquered, and that order can still be perceived.

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The responsible task of wisdom is demanded not because we are sinful, but because we are finite creatures of God. The cultural mandate was given to Adam in his innocence and not subsequent to the fall.

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The wisdom literature in its own distinctive way steers us towards responsible Christian living which applies the reality of Christ to every level of human existence. On the one hand it gives us the perception to make sense of our world, and on the other hand it strengthens our trust in God in the face of things we cannot make sense of. As we pu... View Quote


Guidance of individuals by direct means of dreams, visions and prophetic word decreases as the repository of God’s revealed will grows.

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