Wisdom and the Psalms

3 Units

This course studies the “wisdom” genre of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, namely Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus and the Wisdom of Solomon, and some wisdom passages in the prophetic genre, as well as the book of Psalms. It studies the concept of “wisdom” in these books, and their distinction from, and relation to the other books of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. At the same time, it also considers its relationship to the ancient Near East genre of instruction literature.

Book List


Berry, Donald K., An Introduction to Wisdom and Poetry of the Old Testament. Nashville: Broadman &  Holman Publishers, 1995.

Ballard, H. Wayne and W. Dennis Tucker, Jr., eds. An Introduction to Wisdom Literature and the Psalms: Festschrift Marvin E. Tate. Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2000.

Perdue, Leo G.. The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires. Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2008.

Hunter, Alastair. Wisdom Literature. SCM Core Text; London: SCM Presss, 2006.

Hunter, Alastair. An Introduction to the Psalms. T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies; New York: T&T Clark, 2011[2008].


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