Chapter 10: The Wisdom Books<br />By: Veronica Marano, Shane Yaller, Corinne Otto, Jackie LaPorte, Frankie Calabro & Megan...
Life According to Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes <br />Grew out of a kind of writing that flourished in non-Jewish cultur...
Proverbs: What Is a Good Life?<br />Books of Proverbs appeared sometime after the Babylonian Exile.<br />It consisted of s...
Wisdom’s Feminine Voice<br />Proverbs’ image of God’s wisdom as a woman…<br />Adds a feminine voice and quality to the tra...
Ecclesiastes: Is Life Lived in Vain?<br />The sage’s response on the meaning of life during the time the Jews under Greek ...
Wisdom: What Is Our Final Destiny?<br />The author was a scholarly Jew, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt.<br />He refused to...
Afterlife<br />The author joins the other Jewish biblical writers, who asserted the existence of the soul’s life after the...
Sirach<br />Jesus benSirach ran a school for scriptural study  and Jewish wisdom.<br />He wrote between 200 and 175 BC<br ...
In Paradise of Wisdom & Wisdom’s Testing<br />Wisdom came from the mouth of God to make her dwelling with Jacob’s people.<...
The Song of Songs<br />Rather than a book, it is a collection of love poems written by unknown authors.<br />Some of the m...
Stories of Enchantment: Faith and Goodness And Triumph<br />The tales of the Babylonian Empire was inspired courage and fa...
Stories of Enchantment (cont.)<br />The Book of Judith defied all stereotypical notions.<br />The Book of Esther was about...
Jonah: A Parable Mercy<br />God’s love is so strong and his mercy extends to all people.<br />In the Book of Jonah, Jonah’...
We Are All “Insiders” & Wisdom and Virtue: Then and Now<br />A period in time when Ezra and Nehemiah work to purify Judais...
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  1. 1. Chapter 10: The Wisdom Books<br />By: Veronica Marano, Shane Yaller, Corinne Otto, Jackie LaPorte, Frankie Calabro & Megan Zelner<br />
  2. 2. Life According to Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes <br />Grew out of a kind of writing that flourished in non-Jewish cultures in the ancient Near East.<br />Writings instructed administrators in royal courts on how to act.<br />They were not religious texts.<br /><ul><li>Jewish Sages</li></ul>Adopted these wisdom writings<br />Viewed God as the source of all wisdom<br />The goal of the biblical teachers of wisdom was to inspire moral integrity.<br />
  3. 3. Proverbs: What Is a Good Life?<br />Books of Proverbs appeared sometime after the Babylonian Exile.<br />It consisted of several collections of wisdom teachings, intended to instruct the young especially.<br />Proverbs, like other wisdom writings, is concerned with how to live a good life.<br />According to Proverbs, success and prosperity, rightly gained, are the reward for a virtuous life.<br />
  4. 4. Wisdom’s Feminine Voice<br />Proverbs’ image of God’s wisdom as a woman…<br />Adds a feminine voice and quality to the traditional Jewish image of a masculine God.<br />Lady Sophia is the feminine image of wisdom.<br />God is neither man, nor woman.<br />Transcends the human categories of gender<br />Biblical writers used male & female images to describe God.<br />
  5. 5. Ecclesiastes: Is Life Lived in Vain?<br />The sage’s response on the meaning of life during the time the Jews under Greek rule was the Book of Ecclesiastes.<br />It is a Greek word for the name “Qoheleth,” which is Hebrew for “teacher.”<br />It’s known for what appears to be a pessimistic outlook on life.<br />He came to the conclusion that life was a mystery that he couldn’t solve.<br />
  6. 6. Wisdom: What Is Our Final Destiny?<br />The author was a scholarly Jew, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt.<br />He refused to accept the conventional wisdom that God rewards goodness and punishes sin in that life.<br />Believed that at final judgment, wicked will see that wealth and success aren’t rewardable for eternal life.<br />
  7. 7. Afterlife<br />The author joins the other Jewish biblical writers, who asserted the existence of the soul’s life after the physical body’s death.<br />Jews saw the person as a whole.<br />When physical life ended, they only lived in memories.<br />Greeks introduced concepts of body and soul to Judaism.<br />The sage saw the possibility of life beyond death.<br />
  8. 8. Sirach<br />Jesus benSirach ran a school for scriptural study and Jewish wisdom.<br />He wrote between 200 and 175 BC<br />Wanted to instruct fellow Jews, who were confused.<br />Depicts wisdom as a woman, who was with God at creation.<br />
  9. 9. In Paradise of Wisdom & Wisdom’s Testing<br />Wisdom came from the mouth of God to make her dwelling with Jacob’s people.<br />God’s wisdom is far above the wisdom of the world.<br />Wisdom tests us with difficulties; times of difficulties can be seed times, times for growing strong, which tells us that we need to struggle sometimes to become stronger.<br />
  10. 10. The Song of Songs<br />Rather than a book, it is a collection of love poems written by unknown authors.<br />Some of the most beautiful and passionate poetry in the world can be found in this book.<br />The ancient Jews & Christians recognized that God designed human love as a powerful and holy bond.<br />Human love is good and a gift from God.<br />
  11. 11. Stories of Enchantment: Faith and Goodness And Triumph<br />The tales of the Babylonian Empire was inspired courage and faith in time<br />Reminded the people good would overcome evil in the end.<br />The people treated these books as just historical events.<br />The book of Tolbert are wisdom tales and are about nobles that face personal disasters. <br />
  12. 12. Stories of Enchantment (cont.)<br />The Book of Judith defied all stereotypical notions.<br />The Book of Esther was about naturally timid women and modeled brave women.<br />The Book of John was a humorous portrayal of fictitious prophets; tried to get across important messages of God’s love and mercy.<br />The Book of Tolbert has an unknown author and encouraged faithfulness.<br />
  13. 13. Jonah: A Parable Mercy<br />God’s love is so strong and his mercy extends to all people.<br />In the Book of Jonah, Jonah’s boat is shipwrecked and he is then swallowed by a fish and is in there for 3 days.<br />The Book of Jonah is all fiction.<br />Jonah is a prophet.<br />
  14. 14. We Are All “Insiders” & Wisdom and Virtue: Then and Now<br />A period in time when Ezra and Nehemiah work to purify Judaism for 8 elements & build the boundaries of Jewish identity.<br />Book of Jonah reminds us that no one religion, culture, nation, etc. is beyond God’s reach.<br />The Church and it’s beliefs weren't as strong as they are today.<br />The virtues encourage generosity, faithfulness, trust, steadfastness, piety, courage, & mercy.<br />

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