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Wisdom is what you make it

BY MICHAEL HICKEY

“It was Socrates who first said,”Wisdom begins in wonder.” Let me begin by acknowledging that there are differences among the world’s religions as to which particular canon, or certain pieces of what is called “wisdom literature,” belong in the Old Testament of the Bible. I consider the wisdom books of the Old Testament to be Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach and he Book of Wisdom. One could also consider sections of the Book of Psalms, Song of Songs and Baruch as incorporating some of the wisdom literature, as well.

Some books are considered canonical by some religions and what is called “deutero canonical” or “apocryphal” by others. That is not a subject I really wish to discuss, so I will simply try to steer clear of it, navigate between the shoals and let the scriptural scholars discuss the fine points of canonicity. I would like to attempt to focus on the “person of wisdom,” which arises from the broad body of Old Testament wisdom literature.”

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August 19, 2009 - Posted by | Wisdom Blog posts

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