Monday, July 25, 2011

Wisdom and knowledge

“One must be careful not to associate Old Testament wisdom with modern quests for knowledge and understanding, especially in their secularity. For Old Testament sages, Yahweh was intimately involved in the task of wisdom. This is evident from the recurring appearance of the phrase “the fear of the Lord” throughout Proverbs 1–9. The fear of the Lord is considered the beginning and end of the pursuit of knowledge/wisdom (1:7, 2:5, 9:10). Wisdom itself is associated with knowledge of God/the Holy One (2:5, 9:10). Wisdom claims to be Yahweh’s first creation and faithful companion in the activity of creation (8:22–31). Yahweh is the source of all wisdom (2:6) and the guarantor of its blessings (2:7, 8; 3:5; 8:35). It is trust in Yahweh that contrasts trusting one’s own understanding (3:5), and it is Yahweh who guards and protects the just and faithful (2:8).”—A Severe Mercy, page 366

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As the title of this post shows, I suspect we confuse knowledge with wisdom. Wisdom is far more than that, as Boda points out here.
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