Living under the Sun: Examination of Proverbs and Qoheleth by Tomas Frydrych

By Tomas Frydrych

The problems that biblical knowledge literature poses to the theologian are brought on not just through its strong point from different biblical traditions, but in addition by means of the inner tensions inside it. the current ebook seeks to discover the character and reasons of those tensions.
The research includes out complete comparability of the worldviews represented by way of Proverbs and Qoheleth, and the worlds that those replicate, taking a look at the goals and techniques in their quest, their epistemologies, theological and cosmological views, and their anthropological and social views.
The end of the enquiry throws new mild at the dynamics of the strain among thewe books, wondering no matter if ordinary tools of previous testomony theology can do justice to the knowledge culture, and even as, starting the door for brand spanking new theological ways to be devised.

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But who obeys me, will dweil securely, and sleep without a nightmare. [prov I:22~33] Wisdom is here addressing a group of c:~~ who are about to become fools. In v. 22a Wisdom speaks directly to the immature; in contrast to that, the fools are only mentioned indirectly in the third person. The second person address in v. 23ff. is also directed at the simple, since the categorical statement of v. 22C about the fools' persistent attitude to knowledge indicates that the glimmer of hope contained in v.

In the Vorlage of (f> possibly also in Ezek 3T23. g. KBL-2), but this cannot be easily accounted for as a scribal error, whether audible or visual. THE WISDOM ENTERPRISE 35 a very dose natural affinity of the two groups; it takes no effort for the to become a fool. 26 What then is the aim of Proverbs? The book's explicit intention is to make a wise person out of the immature [Prov 1:2-6]. g. Prov 7:7], who has reached a point of adulthood where he has to ass urne responsibility for his life, and it is this character to whom the sages' turn as their primary audience [prov 1:4,27 22; 8:5; 9:4].

The first nine chapters of the book are essentially a polemic of the wise which is meant to convince the 'l}~ that wisdom is the only way forward and that he can only ignore it at his own peril. To achieve this, various witnesses are brought in to testify to the benefits of wisdom and the shortcomings of folly: the father, the grandfather,28 and even Wisdom herself All of them paint vividly the serious consequences of following one or the othcr; it is made dear to the reader that the choice between wisdom and folly is a choice between life and death.

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