Shelf Life Book Review: Old Testament Wisdom Literature

Stephen M. Vantassel

Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction
IVP Academic, 2011

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Craig G. Bartholomew and Ryan P. O’Dowd provide a thorough review of the nature and function of wisdom in the Bible. The opening chapters describe the character of biblical wisdom against the backdrop of wisdom in the ancient Near East. The book examines the notion of wisdom in Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes. But in the final three chapters, the authors also consider the New Testament’s treatment of wisdom and the value of wisdom in a modern context.

Within their discussion of aesthetics, Bartholomew and O’Dowd argue for the value and role of the arts. They demonstrate how wisdom unites heart and mind, as well as how poetry is a primary vehicle for conveying wisdom. Although written for pastors and seminary students, this book is accessible for anyone interested in Wisdom literature.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 3 No. 5