Friday, September 05, 2014

Wise living is temple building

Thus, we can conclude that the house-building motif goes through the whole book of Proverbs hand in hand with allusions to the tabernacle/temple. The interpretation towards which all these point is that the whole universe is Wisdom’s house (byt ḥokmah)and this house is at the same time God’s temple (byt YHWH). Human beings can join Wisdom in her house (i.e., the Lord in his temple) by being wise in the world. Building one’s own earthly household and human relationships through being wise equals building the temple of the Lord, so to speak.—Toward an Interpretation of the Book of Proverbs, page 201

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Of course, some people live as if he said "delusions" or "illusions" instead of "allusions"! : (
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