The term “Wisdom Literature” acts as a large umbrella covering a wide scope of writings found in the Bible. It includes prayers, songs, proverbs, stories, romance, philosophy and lament. Some of these works deal with great universal questions of meaning and purpose and why bad things happen to good people; others are concerned with matters as mundane as how to deal with an intrusive neighbor, what we can learn from ants or how to respond when your spouse isn’t in the mood. This collection of literature made up of Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations and Job contain powerful insights into every facet of life expressed in some of the most beautiful and creative literature ever composed.
What unites this diverse collection of works is their purpose:
to instruct the people of God in how to live well and how
to live honestly. When we understand what these books are
communicating and apply their wisdom to our lives, we will live
better. We will learn how respond to difficulties with both joy
and wisdom. We will learn how to better navigate
relationships and handle conflict. We will learn what it looks like
to be honest with God about our frustrations, doubts and
anger. We will learn how to pray. How to grieve. How to love.
How to live. How to worship.
The key is learning how to receive the wisdom offered and
apply it to our lives.
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