Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job

Kirsten Nielsen

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job

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Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job form the main part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. They share an interest in everyday life and the desire to create order out of human experiences, but offer no single theology that can be described as ‘wisdom’ theology – only a common concern for the conditions of human life and for human experience as the basis for theology. The conceptual origin of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job is of a world created and therefore ordered, but they disagree on whether man is capable of perceiving that order. They agree that the path to wisdom is through experience, but whether an underlying order can be construed from human concrete experiences is debatable. The three wisdom books are concerned with the human condition; they are not accounts of historical persons, but tales of everyman.

Keywords: Old Testament; wisdom books; human life; theology

Article.  7697 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; Comparative Religion ; Religious Studies

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