OT375God’s Many-Sided Wisdom for Daily Life (I): Proverbs
OT375 : God’s Many-Sided Wisdom for Daily Life (I): Proverbs (1.5 Credit)
Academic Year : 2022
About this course
The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have a clear aim: to teach believers, those who ‘fear God’ (Prov. 1:7; Eccl. 12:13), how to live wisely, such that their lives reflect their commitment to God at every point. Christians can gain much from studying these books and reflecting on the highly practical teaching which they offer on topics such as: friendship, family, love, loyalty, hard work, business, wealth, wise speech, justice and politics.
Both books, however, pose problems when you work through them: Proverbs seems to present its various teachings in a disorganized way; Ecclesiastes is even more perplexing – rambling, self-contradictory and at points apparently skeptical of Israel’s traditions. How, then, are we to benefit from these two little-read books? OT 375 focuses on Proverbs and OT 376 focuses on Ecclesiastes. The two courses are presented as two parts (Part I and II) of a larger topic (God’s Many-Sided Wisdom for Daily Life) out of a belief that Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are mutually illuminating and best studied together. OT 375 and 376 can, however, also be taken separately. Teaching is by blended learning (a blend of recorded lectures and class discussion).
Lecturer : Philip SatterthwaiteEMERITUS PRINCIPAL, LECTURER IN OLD TESTAMENT, BIBLICAL HEBREW & HERMENEUTICS
Venue: Zoom Classroom , own study place