General Objective: To introduce the students to a careful reading of the texts, sensitive to historical-critical analysis (who wrote the text, for whom, when and why), but focused on a theological understanding of the text that is sensitive to its literary composition. This careful reading will not ignore that it must serve as a resource for the student when preparing homilies in their lives as priests and pastors.
Course Outline: 1. Books of Wisdom: An introduction. a) What is Wisdom in the Bible? b) Wisdom in the Bible and Wisdom in the ancient world. c) The canon and the Books of Wisdom. d) The composition of the Books of Wisdom. e) Wisdom and the New Testament. 2. The Book of Proverbs. 3. The Book of Job. 4. The Book of Ecclesiastes (Qohelet). 5. The Song of Songs. 6. The Book of Wisdom. 7. The Book of Ecclesiasticus (Ben Sira). 8. The Book of Psalms.
Bibliography: Crenshaw, James. 2010. Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction. 3rd Edition. Louisville, Westminster John Knox Press; Murphy, Roland. 2002. The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature. 3rd Edition. New York: Doubleday. Perdue, Leo. 2007. Wisdom Literature: A Theological History. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press; von Rad, Gerhard. 1985. Wisdom in Israel. London: SCM Press; Westermann, Claus. 1989. The Living Psalms. Translated by Joshua Porter. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans.