Wisdom's Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible's Wisdom Literature  -     By: William P. Brown
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Wisdom's Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible's Wisdom Literature

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2014 / Paperback

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Explores the biblical wisdom books anew through the interpretive lens of wonder

This book offers a fresh reading of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes with a distinctive emphasis on "wonder" as the framework for understanding biblical wisdom. William Brown argues that wonder effectively integrates biblical wisdom's emphasis on character formation and its outlook on creation, breaking an impasse that has plagued recent wisdom studies.

An extensive revision and expansion of Brown's Character in Crisis, Wisdom's Wonder demonstrates that the Bible's wisdom books are much more than simply advice literature: with wonder as the foundation for understanding, Brown maintains, wisdom is a dynamic process with transformation of the self as the goal.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802867936
ISBN-13: 9780802867933

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Publisher's Description

Wisdom's Wonder offers a fresh reading of the Hebrew Bible's wisdom literature with a unique emphasis on "wonder" as the framework for understanding biblical wisdom. William Brown argues that wonder effectively integrates biblical wisdom's emphasis on character formation and its outlook on creation, breaking an impasse that has plagued recent wisdom studies.

Drawing on various disciplines, from philosophy to neuroscience, Brown discovers new distinctions and connections in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Each book is studied in terms of its view of moral character and creation, as well as in terms of the social or intellectual crisis each book identifies. Most general treatments of the wisdom literature spend too much time on issues of genre, poetry, and social context at the neglect of discussing the intellectual and emotional power of the wisdom corpus. Brown argues that the real power of the wisdom corpus lies in its capacity to evoke the reader's sense of wonder.

An extensive revision and expansion of Brown's Character in Crisis (Eerdmans, 1996), this book demonstrates that the wisdom books are much more than simply advice literature: with wonder as the foundation for understanding, Brown maintains that wisdom is a process with transformation of the self as the goal.

Author Bio

William P. Brown is William Marcellus McPheeters Professorof Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary,Decatur, Georgia. Other books of his include TheSeven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and theEcology of Wonder and Seeing the Psalms: ATheology of Metaphor.

Endorsements

Using wonder as the interpretive clue, Bill Brown deftly juxtaposes the formation of character by Israel's sages with the awe-inspiring universe in which that frequently disorienting process of education took place. In this way, he explores in amazing detail the richness and diversity of Proverbs, the book of Job, and Ecclesiastes.
-James L. Crenshaw,
Duke University

This book is no mere 'second edition' of William Brown's earlier Character in Crisis. While bits and pieces of that book remain, the whole has been completely reenvisioned: character is here combined with creation under the rubric of wonder. In the process, Brown has reconceived the very nature of wisdom itself as 'fear seeking understanding.' In bravely rethinking both his own project and wisdom more broadly, Brown not only discusses the sages but proves that he himself is one.
-Brent A. Strawn,
Emory University

Editorial Reviews

James L. Crenshaw
-- Duke University
"Using wonder as the interpretive clue, Bill Brown deftly juxtaposes the formation of character by Israel’s sages with the awe-inspiring universe in which that frequently disorienting process of education took place. In this way, he explores in amazing detail the richness and diversity of Proverbs, the book of Job, and Ecclesiastes."

Brent A. Strawn
-- Emory University
"This book is no mere ’second edition’ of William Brown’s earlier Character in Crisis. While bits and pieces of that book remain, the whole has been completely reenvisioned: character is here combined with creation under the rubric of wonder. In the process, Brown has reconceived the very nature of wisdom itself as 'fear seeking understanding.' In bravely rethinking both his own project and wisdom more broadly, Brown not only discusses the sages but proves that he himself is one."

Choice
"A valuable book for all readership levels, this is a crucial acquisition for seminary libraries. Highly recommended."

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"William Brown has presented us with a well-thought-out hermeneutical approach that allows his readers to engage the message and method of biblical wisdom."

Spirit & Life
"Wisdom’s Wonder is an excellent treatment of the wisdom literature of the Bible. . . . It is well worth the effort for those who would like to explore topics such as virtue, integrity, desire, and fear in biblical literature."

Interpretation
"A compelling reappraisal of the Wisdom literature that views wonder as the beginning of wisdom. . . . This book offers an insightful and eminently readable interpretation of each of the Wisdom books, as well as the corpus as a whole. With his characteristic erudition and literary wit, Brown guides the reader through each book, drawing out major themes and focusing on key passages that not only support his overall argument but also help the reader understand the significance of each book as a whole. The volume could easily serve as the basis for an extended sermon series on the Wisdom literature or as the assigned text for adult education courses. Likewise, it could serve as a text for seminary or undergraduate courses on the Wisdom literature."

Mission Today
"This book opens for us a new window on the not-really-homogenous books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Brown has done us a great service in pointing out their shared terminology and common focus. . . . Besides profiting from Brown's erudition, the reader will certainly relish his elegant prose. Throughout the book, the author proves himself well versed in the art of pleasant linguistic jugglery! I heartily recommend his book to students and scholars alike."

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