Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs: The Donkey as a Metaphor Edition

It has been a while since I have published anything for this series.  So I decided to give you a bit more commentary on one of the Sumerian proverbs from Bendt Alster’s book, Proverbs of Ancient Sumer.

“My youthful vigor left my loins

like a runaway donkey”

9 Sec. A8

I really enjoyed this metaphor.  The primary subject is [...]

Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs

It’s time for another installment of Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs.  Each Occasionally on Saturdays, I will share a Sumerian proverb in translation.  The proverbs are taken from Bendt Alster’s book, Proverbs of Ancient Sumer.

Today’s proverb is:

Although pea-flour of the home-born slaves is mixed with honey and fine oil, there is no end to their [...]

Bibliography for Studying the Wisdom Literature

I have been working on this bibliography over the last couple of days.  What you see on this bibliography are only sources that I currently own (except for two titles: Claudia V. Camp’s Wisdom and the Feminine in the Book of Proverbs.  Decatur, GA.: Almond Press, 1985,  and Alice Sinnott’s The Personification Of Wisdom . [...]

A Rationale Behind Retributive Justice (at least from a proverbial perspective)

I started reading James G. Williams’ book Those Who Ponder Proverbs: Aphoristic Thinking and Biblical Literature. (Sheffield, England;  Almond Press. 1981.)  today, and I came across this gem of a quote:

“Retribution is thus a two-edged sword: its asserts that life makes sense because there is a connection of thinking – doing – result, but one’s [...]

The Perceived Disparities Between the Cult and the Sage

I have posted on this theological presupposition (the supposed disparities between the cult and the sage) in several places throughout this blog over the last year (most often in relation to the liminal setting of practicing the faith within an exilic and post-exilic context).  However, last night as I was reading a book that I [...]

Leo Perdue on Retribution and the Sapiential Tradition

“Too much emphasis on order may lead to an understanding of wisdom as a legalistic tradition in which retribution operates automatically.  This would deny to God the freedom to act or not act according to divine will, justice, or grace, while the sages’ recognition of the contingencies of life would have no real meaning.  Further, [...]

A Great Series of Posts

Well, I have been a bit on the busy side.  This last week, I have been preparing for my mid-terms, and trying to make some headway with my research projects.  Both of those tasks have been going rather well.  This weekend I was ordained as a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention.  So life has [...]

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 [...]

The Faith Journey of Job

This was too good, not to quote.

“But how can a man put his faith in such a One who is the slayer of all? Faith in Him is not achieved without moral struggle and spiritual agony. The foundation of such a faith has to be laid in utter despair of reliance on any [...]

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 [...]