2nd semester: Thursday morning                                                                      (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

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

Level 2: BA1000Y and BN1000Y or equivalent

Level 3: at least 15 points Old Testament at second Level

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the structure and composition of the chosen books
  2. identify the significance of literary forms
  3. articulate distinctive theological themes that emerge
  4. describe the similarities and differences in the way that wisdom is depicted
  5. demonstrate skills in critical biblical interpretation

Level 3:

  1. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the structure and composition of the chosen books
  2. identify and explain the significance of literary forms
  3. articulate distinctive theological themes that emerge
  4. evaluate the similarities and differences in the way that wisdom is depicted
  5. demonstrate skills in critical biblical interpretation

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: 1500 word exegetical paper (35%); 3000 word major essay (65%)

Level 3: 1500 word exegetical paper (35%); 3500 word major essay (65%)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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 Press, 1998.

Estes, Daniel J. Handbook of Wisdom Books and Psalms. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Press, 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