#26 - In Celebration of Wisdom: Life and Meaning in Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes

Book, 2009, 83 pp
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These essays engage biblical texts from the wisdom tradition in ancient Israel that reflect deeply on everyday life and practical ethics. The essays affirm the value of these books, not just for understanding Israel’s ideas about wisdom and faith, but also for the continuing theological witness and development of the church.


  • Metaphors and Meaning (Jesse Smith)
  • Reader-Response Assessment (V. EuGene Kennard)
  • Reclaiming the Woman of Substance (Jenifer Eriksen-Morales)
  • Who Is this Wisdom? (Samuel Voth Schrag)
  • Job’s Legal Defense (Renee Kanagy)
  • Laying the Foundations (Tommy Boutell)
  • Animals and Humanity (Brianne Donaldson)
  • Flinging Ourselves upon the Impossible (Elizabeth Miller)
  • Relinquishing Illusions (Gloria Beck)
  • Because God Is Your Share in Life (Suella Gerber)
  • Paradoxes and Contradictions (Sylvie Gudin)
  • Living Life in the Present (Jill Schreiber)
  • An Easter Message? (Rachel Siemens)

“This collection takes up a neglected part of scripture and opens large theological affirmations and demanding ethical summonses. In a society that has majored in foolishness, the book is a reminder that wisdom that can generate life is rooted elsewhere in a hidden governance that is non-negotiable and cannot be outflanked. These studies are grounded good scholarship addressed to a church audience that seeks practical guidance for faith.” —Walter Brueggemann

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