The Fear of the Lord Is Wisdom Hardback

A Theological Introduction to Wisdom in Israel

by Tremper Longman;

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Every wonder why wisdom, above other virtues, is championed so highly in Biblical Israel? This theological study seeks to open up such a discussion 

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The Fear of the Lord Is Wisdom

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  • Looking to comprehend why wisdom was such a privileged ideal in Israel?
  • This deep study unearths the history and theology of wisdom in the Old Testament
  • A vital resource for knowing how the Bible applies itself to the lives of men and women
Wisdom plays an important role in the Old Testament, particularly in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. This major work from renowned scholar Tremper Longman III examines wisdom in the Old Testament and explores its theological influence on the intertestamental books, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and especially the New Testament.

Longman notes that wisdom is a practical category (the skill of living), an ethical category (a wise person is a virtuous person), and most foundationally a theological category (the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom). The author discusses Israelite wisdom in the context of the broader ancient Near East, treats the connection between wisdom in the New Testament and in the Old Testament, and deals with a number of contested issues, such as the relationship of wisdom to prophecy, history, and law.

The Fear of the Lord Is Wisdom by Tremper Longman was published by Baker Publishing Group in September 2017. The ISBN for The Fear of the Lord Is Wisdom is 9780801027116.

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Part 1: The Heart of Wisdom: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job
1. Proverbs: The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom
2. Ecclesiastes: Fear God, Obey the Commandments, and Live in Light of the Coming Judgment
3. The Book of Job: "Behold the Fear of the Lord Is Wisdom" (Job 28:28)
Part 2: Wisdom Elsewhere in the Old Testament
4. Other Sources of Wisdom: Deuteronomy, Psalms, Song of Songs, and Prophecy
5. Joseph and Daniel: Paragons of Wisdom
6. Adam and Solomon: From the Heights of Wisdom to the Depths of Folly
Part 3: Israel's Wisdom: Cosmopolitan or Unique?
7. Sources of Wisdom: Experience, Observation, Tradition, Correction, and Ultimately Revelation
8. Wisdom, Creation, and (Dis)order
9. Israelite Wisdom in Its Ancient Near Eastern Setting
10. Wisdom, Covenant, and Law
Part 4: Further Refining Our Understanding of Wisdom
11. The Consequences of Wise and Foolish Behavior: The Issue of Retribution Theology
12. The Social Setting of Wisdom
13. Wisdom and Gender
Part 5: The Afterlife of Israel's Wisdom
14. Intertestamental Wisdom from the Apocrypha to the Dead Sea Scrolls
15. New Testament Wisdom
Appendix 1: Wisdom in the Twenty-First Century
Appendix 2: Is Wisdom Literature a Genre?


Details for The Fear of the Lord Is Wisdom

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
Items in Pack22
PublisherBaker Publishing Group (September 2017)
Number of Pages336
Thickness30 mm
Height163 mm
Width237 mm
Product Code4503611
Page last updated 23rd September 2018
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