Wednesday, September 03, 2014
You need wisdom for that?!
People in the twenty-first century tend to connect wisdom to the existential decisions of everyday life. It is also understandable that creating the world requires some wisdom. We would, furthermore, understand that the decision of whether to build a temple or not might require wisdom, but that the actual building activity itself requires wisdom could sound a bit unusual for modern readers. It seems that in the ancient Near East, and the Old Testament is not an exception, wisdom was connected to everyday life, creation, and (especially temple-) building. This becomes more understandable if we consider the close connection between temple-building and creating the world in biblical thinking.—Toward an Interpretation of the Book of Proverbs, pages 194-195