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:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the structure and composition of the chosen books
  2. analyse and explain the significance of literary forms
  3. identify distinctive theological themes that emerge
  4. evaluate the similarities and differences in the way that wisdom is depicted
  5. critically discuss the issue of the continuing relevance of Wisdom Literature
  6. 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.