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Wisdom's wonder : character, creation, and crisis in the Bible's wisdom literature

Author: William P Brown
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.
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Wisdom's Wonder offers a fresh reading of the Hebrew Bible's wisdom literature with a unique emphasis on "wonder" as the framework for understanding biblical wisdom. William Brown argues that wonder effectively integrates biblical wisdom's emphasis on character formation and its outlook on creation, breaking an impasse that has plagued recent wisdom studies. Drawing on various disciplines, from philosophy to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William P Brown
ISBN: 9780802867933 0802867936
OCLC Number: 864709553
Description: xv, 220 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : character, creation, and wonder in Wisdom --
Wonder, desire, and the art of character formation in Proverbs --
The wound of wonder : Job 1-31 --
Wonder gone wild : Job 32-42 --
Wandering among the ruins : Ecclesiastes I --
Wondering among the ruins : Ecclesiastes II --
Conclusion : trembling at the threshold.
Responsibility: William P. Brown.

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Wisdom's Wonder offers a fresh reading of the Hebrew Bible's wisdom literature with a unique emphasis on "wonder" as the framework for understanding biblical wisdom. William Brown argues that wonder effectively integrates biblical wisdom's emphasis on character formation and its outlook on creation, breaking an impasse that has plagued recent wisdom studies. Drawing on various disciplines, from philosophy to neuroscience, Brown discovers new distinctions and connections in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Each book is studied in terms of its view of moral character and creation, as well as in terms of the social or intellectual crisis each book identifies. Most general treatments of the wisdom literature spend too much time on issues of genre, poetry, and social context at the neglect of discussing the intellectual and emotional power of the wisdom corpus. Brown argues that the real power of the wisdom corpus lies in its capacity to evoke the reader's sense of wonder.

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James L. Crenshaw -- Duke University "Using wonder as the interpretive clue, Bill Brown deftly juxtaposes the formation of character by Israel s sages with the awe-inspiring universe in which that Read more...

 
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