Monday, March 4, 2013

A Theology of Wisdom

Book of Wisdom, 14:19-27. 

19 Every work decays and ceases to exist, and the one who made it will pass away with it.
20 Happy is the person who meditates on wisdom and reasons intelligently,
21 who reflects in his heart on her ways and ponders her secrets,
22 pursuing her like a hunter, and lying in wait on her paths;
23 who peers through her windows and listens at her doors;
24 who camps near her house and fastens his tent peg to her walls;
25 who pitches his tent near her, and so occupies an excellent lodging place;
26 who places his children under her shelter, and lodges under her boughs;
27 who is sheltered by her from the heat, and dwells in the midst of her glory.

For me, thinking about the concept of wisdom as woman is a bit of a change. Reflecting upon such a unique take on ideas is a bit of a stretch. We do such things to be close to wisdom and it is often a mirror of what we truly desire.

Book of Wisdom, 15:1-6.

1 Whoever fears the Lord will do this, and whoever holds to the law will obtain wisdom.
2 She will come to meet him like a mother, and like a young bride she will welcome him.
3 She will feed him with the bread of learning, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
4 He will lean on her and not fall, and he will rely on her and not be put to shame.
5 She will exalt him above his neighbors, and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly.
6 He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing, and will inherit an everlasting name.

Wisdom as mother, wisdom as a young bride. The language cascades over the OT allusions, filled with themes from Proverbs and Psalms, and the "inheritance" is echoed in Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. Particularly chapter three.

The inheritance of land and national pride has been replaced with an everlasting name.

A name that echoes across the former lands.

A name that replaces the shame of contempt and failure and sin. This name is above all names.


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