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Introduction_to_Wisdom_Lit - What is the way to wisdom How...

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1 INTRODUCTION TO WISDOM A. Three Wisdom books in the Jewish canon (HB), in the section of the Writings. Proverbs Job Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) (Compare the Catholic canon of the OT, which contains two more wisdom books: Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) and Wisdom of Solomon.) 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, e.g., What order is there in life? Why is there suffering in the world? Why is there injustice? How is a person’s fate and behavior connected?
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Unformatted text preview: What is the way to wisdom? How does one get wisdom? 3. non-historical. Knowledge learned from ordinary life experience of the mature, wise person, not from the nation’s special 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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