Quote of the Day…

“Proverbs are not words that I take cognizance of and then store away in a drawer as knowledge that I now happen to possess. If one does not reflect at length on a proverb, it remains inaccessible”

Claus Westermann. Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples. Louisville, Kentucky; Westminister John Knox [...]

The Power of Presuppositions

I read this great quote from Carole R Fontaine today regarding the nature of presuppositions, reconstructions, and the dating of textual material.  I think this quote fits in well with the previous Westermann post.

“But as always, questions with dating remain.  For example, when is it most likely to assume that Egyptian influence, such as that [...]

Vednesdays with Westermann, Veek II.

In the Introduction of Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples, Westermann lays out his basic assumptions as well as the trajectory of the book.

Basic Assumptions from Part I of the Introduction1:

“Wisdom is a capacity that is inherent in human beings as persons. It is a human trait, an element [...]

Vednesdays with Westermann Veek I

I haven’t been able to find the time to put something of worth on my blog lately. My class load this semester has been a bit heavy at times, but I am planning on blogging through Claus Westermann’s book Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples. This was a book [...]

I Own James Crenshaw's (Former) Books

I am a big fan of James Crenshaw.  I have collected several of his books and have many of his articles (either bound or in a pdf format).  His writings have helped me to better understand the Wisdom Literature of the 1st Testament, while helping me clarify some of my own thoughts. (on a side [...]