The Book of Wisdom: Intelligence for a Good Life

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Giancarlo Pani SJ

 Giancarlo Pani SJ / Issue 1912 / 26 November 2019

The Book of Wisdom in the Old Testament, is little-known, poorly studied and occasionally used for prayer. Some extracts are present in the Liturgy of the Word and in the Breviary. Even in ancient times the book was rarely commented on. The Fathers of the Greek Church spoke little about it, Latin ones even less, and the great theologians of the Middle Ages mostly ignored it. What are the reasons for this lack of attention?

One reason could be found in the nature of Western culture where Christianity developed: a culture very attentive to philosophy and science, and less to popular wisdom, which is expressed in pithy sayings, transmitted mostly orally, and therefore not easily catalogued as literary material.

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