Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom

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Entering into the renewed and sometimes confusing attempts to comprehend the work of Jesus of Nazareth and his person, Ben Witherington guides the reader through a vast complex of ancient documents and contemporary questions. He shows that Jesus' contemporaries viewed Jesus as a Jewish prophetic sage whose teaching and style were a reflection of the convergence of Hebrew wisdom and prophetic forms and ideas. Witherington traces the path of wisdom from its earliest manifestations in the Hebrew Bible to its ...
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Overview

Entering into the renewed and sometimes confusing attempts to comprehend the work of Jesus of Nazareth and his person, Ben Witherington guides the reader through a vast complex of ancient documents and contemporary questions. He shows that Jesus' contemporaries viewed Jesus as a Jewish prophetic sage whose teaching and style were a reflection of the convergence of Hebrew wisdom and prophetic forms and ideas. Witherington traces the path of wisdom from its earliest manifestations in the Hebrew Bible to its importance in the work of Jesus and then to its apparent influence on the Christology of Paul and other New Testament writers. The result is a masterful contribution to scholarship, written with verve and clarity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780800627119
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Beginning the Journey: Drinking from the Fount 3
Background and Foreground 4
The Book of Meshalim: The Fountainhead 19
Ecclesiastes: A Public Malaise 52
2 Wisdom at a Turning Point: From Ben Sira to the Wisdom of Solomon 75
Wisdom Gains a Name: The Contributions of Ben Sira 76
Spirit of Wisdom/Wisdom as Spirit: The Wisdom of Solomon 99
3 Hokmah Meets Sophia: Jesus the Cynic? 117
The Legacy of Alexander in the Holy Land 118
Non-Cynical Conclusions 141
4 Wisdom in Person: Jesus the Sage 147
The Narrative Meshalim and a Theory of Language 147
Figures of Speech: Jesus' Parables and Aphorisms 155
Jesus: The Wisdom of God 201
5 Wisdom's Legacy: From Q to James 211
Right on Q: Doubting Thomas 211
Table 2: The Sapiential Agenda of Q 219
James and Traditional Wisdom 236
6 Singing Wisdom's Praise 249
Tuning Up 249
The Servant Song: Philippians 2:6-11 257
Ode to the Cosmic Christ: Colossians 1:15-20 266
The Vindication Verse: 1 Timothy 3:16 272
The Radiance Reprise: Hebrews 1:2b-4 275
The Logos Hymn: John 1 282
7 Paul the Apostle: Sage or Sophist? 295
When Thought Worlds Converge: Eschatological Wisdom 296
Wisdom on the Cross and the Wise Master-Builder: 1 Corinthians 1-4 299
The Christian Shema and the Christ of the Exodus: 1 Corinthians 8:10 and 2 Corinthians 3-4 314
With Faithfulness and Justice for All: Romans 1-2; 9-11 320
8 The Gospels of Wisdom: Matthew and John 335
Matthew and John: Different Sons of the Same Mother 336
Matthew: A Word to the Wise 341
John: The First and Last Word 368
9 Final Reflections on Wisdom's Journey 381
Bibliography 389
Scripture Index 410
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