. . . a remarkable achievement.
Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University
Silvia Schroer's stunning work on Wisdom breaks new ground, with its challenge to move beyond traditional and Western ways of hearing, reading, and interpreting the biblical text. The work calls all people to ethical responsibility for the sake of all creation. Written with grace, illumined by insight, and meticulously researched, this text is thoroughly engaging. It takes into account the images of personified wisdom as they appear in both the First and Second Testaments. Schroer's work offers both the scholarly community and the general public a new and bold sense of great hope in the midst of the ongoing global struggle for solidarity: human beings with one another, and human beings with creation. Distinctly refreshing in its approach, depth, and breadth, this work needs to be a part of every scholarly conversation on Wisdom, and must be taken seriously by readers in general if transformation at its deepest level is to continue, and the reign of God celebrated.
Along with Wisdom we come to know some of the wise women of the Bible, and we explore a place on which to stand firm in a critique of the kyriarchal domination that surrounds us in defiance of Wisdom's truth. This book is as charming and winsome as it is erudite - food for the spirit and tough arguments to strengthen the mind. Finally we have collected in one volume the fruits of Shroer's long engagement with this divine Presence. And we are all richer for that gift!
Sharon H. Ringe, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.