Wisdom literature is a rather large swathe of the biblical text. This category traditionally includes Proverbs, Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) and Job in the Hebrew Bible and Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus) and the Wisdom of Solomon in the Apocrypha. This course will address only the first three books over the course of 8 informative and thought provoking weeks. The title “wisdom literature” comes from the fact that the categories of “wisdom” and “folly” are important to all of these texts, but each one brings its own unique insights and interests to the fore. Our course on Wisdom Literature will be interesting and useful to you if you want to understand biblical traditions of knowledge, and seek to make use of those traditions in your faith life.
Week 1: What is Wisdom Literature?
Week 2: Proverbial Wisdom
Week 3: Wisdom and Creation
Week 4: Wisdom and Women
Week 5: Ecclesiastes
Week 6: Job Prologue
Week 7: Job Dialogues
Week 8: Job and the Speeches from the Whirlwind