Wisdom Literature

Unit Overview
What could be more practical than questions of suffering, the use of money and power, how to work and love, and the quest for order and purpose amid the chaos of life? This unit gives students the chance to see wisdom literature (Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs) not as impenetrable ancient near eastern philosophy, but timeless, beautiful, pastoral books which speak as powerfully today as when they were written. Students will come to appreciate how these books complement the rest of the Bible. Students can take the unit in Hebrew (online) or English (on-campus), but are encouraged to study in Hebrew to gain the most from their reading. This unit is designed to give students the confidence to preach, teach and apply the wisdom books as part of the whole of the Old Testament.

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Unit Details

Mode Online  On-campus 
Workload One semester, 12 credit points One semester, 12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Unit Code OT016 (English)
OT017 (Hebrew)
OT016 (English)
OT017 (Hebrew)
Prerequisites  32 credit points of core foundation units including OT001 and OT002 32 credit points of core foundation units including OT001 and OT002
Teacher  Lindsay Wilson Lindsay Wilson
Reading List (Bibliography)  Online On-campus

*NOTE: the reading list is only accessible with a student online login

Unit Content

1. Wisdom literature and traditions:

  • Wisdom in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East in its social settings;
  • Wisdom in Old Testament theology, with special reference to the book of Job: the doctrines of God and humanity, creation, the fear of God, retribution and moral order

2. Exegesis of the English text of Job 1–2, 14, 19, 28, 38–39, 42; Proverbs 1-2, 8-9; Ecclesiastes 1–3, 12


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