My impression from reading the OT wisdom books, and those of the Apocrypha,
is that the authors are very sincere, and the intensity and sincerity they
convey provides the power, and much of the authority, of the message.
Thanks for bringing this work into the conversation. I do think it's
important to be clear about the quite different perspective of the sage in
traditional societies from the questioning attitude of the philosophical
All people will be able to flourish in a flourishing natural environment
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>Reply-To: Group concerned that academia should seek and promote wisdom
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>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Wisdom from the book of Proverbs
>Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 16:28:46 EDT
>If the context was just changed slightly it might be more acceptable ...
>'the older person tells his 'son' what he should reflect on .... (which
>include the questioning etc ....' Of course, if it just talk the older
>won't be very effective in getting the message across ... they have to be
>'to walk the talk' too .....
>In a message dated 22/05/2006 18:22:07 GMT Daylight Time,
>[log in to unmask] writes:
>Proverbs is a lovely and informative book, and can be inspiring, but the
>whole approach to wisdom in this book, as in most of the OT and Apocrypha
>wisdom books (the exception is Ecclesiastes and to a certain extent Job)
>that their perspective is traditional wisdom: the older person tells his
>"son" what he should believe and do. Follow the path of life! This
>is inadequate in a time that requires us to take a more questioning,
>metacognitive and reflective approach to life's questions.
>All people will be able to flourish in a flourishing natural environment