Great Basin Reformed Presbyterian Church
Knowing Scripture: Interpreting Wisdom
Knowing Scripture: Interpreting Wisdom

Knowing Scripture: Interpreting Wisdom Literature

Introduction/Review

Grammatical-Historical/Literal Method



Interpreting Law/Types of Laws



Definition of Wisdom Literature in comparison to Law



The Nature of Wisdom

The Abuse of Wisdom Literature



The Canon of Wisdom Literature



The Limits of Wisdom



Wisdom in Proverbs

Prudential vs. Speculative Wisdom (6:1-5; 7-11; 12-15)



Proverbs are not Legal Agreements from God (Prov. 22:26-27; 21:22)



Proverbs must be read as a collection (Prov. 26:4-5)



Proverbs are meant to readable not theoretically accurate (Prov. 15:19)



Some proverbs need to be “translated” to be appreciated (Prov. 25:24)

Wisdom in Job (Job. 42:7-9)






Wisdom in Ecclesiastes

Theories on Ecclesiastes 




The Message of Ecclesiastes (Ecc. 12:13-14)




Wisdom in the Song of Songs

Appreciating the Ethical Context of the Song of Songs



The Genre of the Song of Songs



The Song of Songs suggests godly choices, it doesn’t merely describe them


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