“If I may permit myself a pun on the title, this is a wonderful book. . . . The author's central concept, 'wonder' . . . has been applied to wisdom literature by others. But as far as I can see this has never been done as systematically and thoroughly as in Brown's latest contribution. . . . Wisdom's Wonder is not only a very important contribution to the study of wisdom literature but also has even further-reaching implications for Old Testament scholarship and biblical studies generally.”
Theological Book Review
“A wellwritten and engaging book which will be of interest to all those readers of the English editions of the Old Testament who want to deepen their understanding of the message of wisdom texts.”
Journal of Hebrew Scriptures
“In Brown's hands, wonder proves a compelling lens for reading biblical wisdom. After reading his essays it will be difficult to view the wisdom books as hodge-podge collections or even simply as 'advice literature.' . . . Wisdom's Wonder is artfully written and should serve as a model example of how canonical readings of wisdom literature that are attentive to the pedagogy, emotions, and dynamics of these books can open them up for contemporary readers.”
James L. Crenshaw
-- Duke University
"Using wonder as the interpretive clue, Bill Brown deftly juxtaposes the formation of character by Israel's sages with the awe-inspiring universe in which that frequently disorienting process of education took place. In this way, he explores in amazing detail the richness and diversity of Proverbs, the book of Job, and Ecclesiastes."
Brent A. Strawn
-- Emory University
"This book is no mere 'second edition' of William Brown's earlier Character in Crisis. While bits and pieces of that book remain, the whole has been completely reenvisioned: character is here combined with creation under the rubric of wonder. In the process, Brown has reconceived the very nature of wisdom itself as 'fear seeking understanding.' In bravely rethinking both his own project and wisdom more broadly, Brown not only discusses the sages but proves that he himself is one."