wisdom lit

I began reading the “character in crisis” text book by Brown, with a lot of anticipation.

I had a thirst and a longing to know more of what is entailed in Old Testament Wisdom literature. Each chapter in the book leaves you yearning for the next.

Now that I have finished, I have a new level of understanding the O.T Wisdom literature. I stand in a position to carry out fairly in-depth discussions on the various questions that can be raised in the three major books, i.e. Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Character in Crisis delves into the above writings and explicates how they concoct the traditional view of wisdom treasured in Old Testament epoch. Each wisdom author is on a pursuit to discern how to live with honesty and piousness in spite of affliction, disappointment, and daily intricacy. Brown takes us out on various journeys. He gives minutiae on each individual’s journey, keeping his elucidation heavy enough to be appealing but colourful and appropriate so that they are not lost in theological gibber. His opinions keep the mind agitated in an attempt to work out the queries portrayed by the Old Testament books. He persuades readers to go on board on their personal pursue for character. It is not easy to find such a book that probe into the theology of the wisdom prose. Most of the books in this field are far and much below the standard of Brown’s work. He does not dump the reader in the Old Testament but brings him to the broader and wider in the New Testament. He wraps up with a brief but perceptive remark on the Epistle of James. Here, he portrays to the church that even at the present times, keen observations require to be laid down to biblical wisdom. This literature goes further than mere human contemplation. It could be said that the wisdom found in this literature is like a core of mine where you go there to exploit and grow richer wiser and live longer and better. Therefore I appeal to whoever has anticipation for a solid foundation in Old Testament wisdom literature to seek no further. “Character in crisis”, is all you need.


K. Kabue



1. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes: Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Canticles (Song of Songs), Book of Wisdom, Sirach v. 5 (New Interpreter’s Bible) by Abingdon Press (Hardcover – 13 Oct 1997)2. Wisdom Literature and the Structure of Proverbs by T.Anthony Perry (Hardcover – Sep 1993)3. Wisdom for the Millennium (A Helen Exley Giftbook) by Helen Exley (Hardcover – 31 Aug 1999) 4. Wisdom Literature: A Theological History by Leo G. Perdue (Paperback – 1 Aug 2007)5. Gospel and Wisdom: Israel’s Wisdom Literature in the Christian Life (Biblical Classics Library) by Graeme Goldsworthy (Paperback – 17 Mar 1995)6. Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction by James L. Crenshaw (Paperback – 1 Jan 1999)7. Wisdom Literature: Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Canticles, Ecclesiates and Esther: Vol. 13 (The Forms of the Old Testament Literature) by Roland E. Murphy (Paperback – Dec 1981)8. Get Wisdom, Get Insight: An Introduction to Israel’s Wisdom Literature by Katharine Dell (Paperback – Jan 2000)9. The Wisdom of the Anglo-Saxons (The Wisdom Of… Series) by Gordon Mursell (Hardcover – 23 Jan 1998)10. Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel (Society of Biblical Literature Syumposium) by Richard J. Clifford (Paperback – 15 Jul 2007) 11. Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms by Daniel J. Estes (Hardcover – 1 Dec 2005)12. Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) by T.E. Lawrence (Paperback – 1 Jun 1997)13. Irish Wit: Religion, the Law, Literature, Love, Drink, Wisdom and Proverbs (Wit of Ireland) by Sean McCann and Tom Mathews (Paperback – 30 Jun 1991)

14. Wisdom Literature (SCM Core Text) by Alastair Hunter (Paperback – 29 Sep 2006)