14 April 2011

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Introduction to Wisdom A. Three Wisdom books in the Jewish canon (HB), in the section of the Writings Proverbs Job Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) B. The distinctive thought of secular wisdom 1. non-revelatory . Knowledge based on human observation/experience and reason. 2. Non-nationalistic . Not interested in the nation Israel specifically, but rather in universal problems facing all humanity. 3. Non-historical . Knowledge learned from ordinary life experience of the mature,
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Unformatted text preview: wise person, not from the nation’s specific history. 4. Stress on the order of existence. Assumption that the world has a structure (an order) that has existed since creation and the wise person can see it. 5. Eudemonic . Ultimate goal of wisdom is human happiness, e.g., longevity, posterity, wealth, good reputation. 6. Conservative orientation . Emphasis on prudence and the maintenance of the status quo in life....
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