Wisdom Literature

The unit Wisdom Literature explores the place of wisdom in ancient Israel through the critical study of the contents, literary forms, and theological themes of specific texts. It develops the exegetical and analytical skills developed in previous biblical studies and forms part of a Major in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 credit points in Biblical Studies


B9229 Interpreting Wisdom and Poetry in Ancient Israel

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Present the socio-historical contexts and literary forms of wisdom books in the Old Testament;
  2. Identify major theological themes reflected in the wisdom literature;
  3. Engage critically with secondary literature in the study of wisdom texts;
  4. Use analytical skills in performing exegesis of wisdom texts;
  5. Apply a theme or text to a contemporary faith community or society.
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