Academic journal article Theological Studies

Wisdom's Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible's Wisdom Literature

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Wisdom's Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible's Wisdom Literature

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Wisdom's Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible's Wisdom Literature. By William P. Brown. Grand Rapids, Ml: Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. xv + 220. $25.

The book is a revision of Brown's Character in Crisis (1996), and as the different titles indicate, "wonder" has superseded "character" as the primary lens through which B. reads the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. For B. "the awe-filled and awful wonder of God and creation ... constitutes nothing less than the epistemological foundation and aim of biblical wisdom" (20). Insofar as wonder consists of awe and inquiry, the concept encompasses both the theological context of wisdom literature (creation) and its more anthropological aim (character formation). Yet while wonder provides a new framework for B.'s analysis of wisdom literature, much of the analysis itself is unchanged; numerous sections of Character in Crisis have been reproduced here almost verbatim. Those who have read the 1996 book will likely find the present work overly familiar.

Readers unacquainted with Character in Crisis, however, will undoubtedly find B. …

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