Elective unit (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester: Thursday morning
This course will undertake a study of Wisdom Literature. Specific texts will be studied from historical critical and literary perspectives. The unit studies two books from Wisdom Literature: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes (Qoholeth), Daniel and Job. In 2018 it will be Ecclesiastes and Job.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of BA8000Y or equivalent
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge of the structure and composition of the chosen books
- analyse and explain the significance of literary forms
- identify distinctive theological themes that emerge
- evaluate the similarities and differences in the way that wisdom is depicted
- critically discuss the issue of the continuing relevance of Wisdom Literature
- demonstrate appropriate skills in critical biblical interpretation
2000 word exegetical paper (35%); 4000 word major essay (65%)
Brown, William P. Character in Crisis: A Fresh Approach to the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996.
Crenshaw, James L. Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction. Atlanta, GA: John Knox, 1998.
Estes, Daniel J. Handbook of Wisdom Books and Psalms. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2005.
Hunter, Alistair G. Wisdom Literature. London: SCM, 2006.
Limburg, James. Encountering Ecclesiastes. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2006.
Longman III, Tremper, and Peter Enns, eds. A Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity, 2008.
Perdue, Leo G. Wisdom Literature: A Theological History. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2007.
Schields, Martin A. The End of Wisdom. Winona Lakes, IN: Eisensbrauns, 2006.
Schipper, Bernd U., and D. Andrew Teeter, eds. Wisdom and Torah: The Reception of “Torah” in the Wisdom Literature of the Second Temple Period. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
Lecturer: MARY REABURN NDS