In Praise of Wisdom: Literary and Theological Reflections on Faith and Reason

In Praise of Wisdom: Literary and Theological Reflections on Faith and Reason

by Kim Paffenroth
     
 

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"You are taken to task more for your lack of wisdom than you are praised for your harmful mildness" -- King Lear

Kim Paffenroth's book examines several major aspects and developments of the Biblical concept of Wisdom. He focuses on Wisdom as it evolves through the works of Shakespeare, Goethe, Melville, and Dostoevsky.

The getting of Wisdom--the ultimate

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"You are taken to task more for your lack of wisdom than you are praised for your harmful mildness" -- King Lear

Kim Paffenroth's book examines several major aspects and developments of the Biblical concept of Wisdom. He focuses on Wisdom as it evolves through the works of Shakespeare, Goethe, Melville, and Dostoevsky.

The getting of Wisdom--the ultimate expression of joining of head and heart in search of God -- is a key theme not only in biblical Wisdom literature but one of the major themes in Western literature. Lear, Ahab, Ishmael, Ivan Karamzov -- all are in search of that meaningful combination of head and heart that brings a real knowledge of the world and of God tothem. Wisdom is therefore the basis of a relationship with God, and the foundation of human happiness, freedom, and fulfillment.

Paffenroth examines wisdom under four broad categories: the destructiveness of folly; the feminine side of Wisdom; the folly of Christ as Wisdom; and the problem of suffering, especially as it highlights the inadequacy of reason.

"This is a major contribution to the study of literature and theology." --David Jasper, Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Glasgow.

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ISBN-13:
9780826418548
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/17/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.45(d)

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