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

Each week I have chosen to share a particular proverb from Bendt Alster’s book Proverbs of Ancient Sumer. This weeks proverb is

“What has been spoken in secret will be revealed in the women’s quarters.” 1.82

Not the most politically correct statement, but you can blame the culture for that one.

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 [...]

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 [...]

And yet more on Liminality and Wisdom

While this quote is not about liminality, it succinctly underscores a point that I have been making in various posts under the topic of liminality, wisdom, and interpretive exaggerations.

“Before any further discussion, a certain caution is in order. Is it legitimate to separate Yahwism and wisdom from each other and then discuss whether they [...]

Teaching the Sapiential Corpus

For the next couple of years, I will be leading our adult Sunday School program in our church. I will have the opportunity within that timespan to teach the various canonical sapiential texts. The first module that I plan on working through is an introduction to the conceptual worldview(s) of these books. [...]

Walter Brueggemann's Thoughts on the Nature of Biblical Wisdom

At the suggestion of James at Eisenbrauns, I looked into the issue of wisdom and its cultural context in Brueggemann’s Old Testament Theology. The following was a quote that I thought was pertinent to the post that I wrote on Liminality, Biblical Wisdom and Interpretative Exaggerations.

“A sapientialization of canonical traditions, including Torah traditions, [...]

Liminality, Biblical Wisdom, and Interpretive Exaggerations

A buzz word in sapiential studies is the word liminality. The citizens of the Promised Land are thrown into a period of transition and flux at the hands of the Neo-Assyrians and the Neo-Babylonians. With the defeat and eventual captivity of the Tribes of Jacob, it is clear that life will be very [...]

Book Review: Derek Kidner. An Introduction to Wisdom Literature: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, & Ecclesiastes

Derek Kidner. An Introduction to Wisdom Literature: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, & Ecclesiastes. Downers Grove, Il.: InterVarsity Press. 1985.

In this book, Derek Kidner provides a popular level introduction to the Wisdom Literature written from an Evangelical perspective. This may be the best introduction written at a popular level that I have [...]