Wisdom Literature


This is the subject page for the online subject.


One semester, 4 credit points.
16 credit points of core foundation units which include OT501 and OT502
Semester 1 & 3, 2019
Lindsay Wilson with online tutors

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, as well as the beauty and nuance of the Hebrew language. Students can take the unit in Hebrew or English, but are encouraged to study in Hebrew to gain the most from their reading. This unit is designed to give students confidence to preach, teach and apply the whole of the Old Testament.


  1. Wisdom literature and traditions:
    1. Wisdom in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East in its social settings;
    2. 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, 9–10, 14, 19, 28, 38–42; Ecclesiastes 1–4, 12 (or comparable passages)

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