Wisdom Literature

This unit explores the place of wisdom in Ancient Israel and the theological issues it raises within that faith community. Building on the skills developed in previous biblical studies, it develops critical exegetical and analytical skills through the examination of specific texts. It explores Wisdom in the Ancient world, the historical, cultural, and religious context of wisdom in Ancient Israel, and the place and role of wisdom in the faith and life of Israel. It examines theological themes found in the wisdom literature, and undertakes exegesis of selected passages within the Proverbs, Job or Ecclesiastes.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 credit points in Biblical Studies

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • reconstruct the historical, literary, social and theological contexts of wisdom within Ancient Israel.
  • critically compare and contrast the different theologies that are reflected in the wisdom

literature of the Old Testament

  1. exegete selected passages from Proverbs, Job or Ecclesiastes
  2. interpret the role and place of wisdom within Ancient Israel and its response to God and life

relate the application of a theme or text to a contemporary audience or community

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