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The Development of Wisdom Literature

This module is concerned to provide a detailed synopsis of sapiential expressions found in the biblical tradition through to the transformation of wisdom in the Hellenistic period. Beginning in the Ancient Near East the book of Proverbs will be discussed in reference to Egyptian wisdom before considering the poetic expressions of the Psalms, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes. The book of Job and questions about theodicy and the political context out of which it was written will also be addressed. Wisdom in the Hellenistic Period, particularly the Wisdom of Solomon and Sirach (Ben Sire), is given attention before turning to previously unknown sapiential works discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls that have challenged scholars to revisit perceptions of ancient ‘wisdom’ . It will also consider later Christian theology’s response to Israel’s Wisdom tradition.

How to apply

Applications to: The Executive Officer, Loyola Institute, Irish School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. T: 01 896 4790, E:loyola@tcd.ie

Fee

EUR 150 for the course. Payment should be made by cheque/draft/postal money order only, payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account.

Date

Teaching commences during the week beginning 19th January 2017. Please note this is a day-time course.

Duration

The course comprises two lectures a week for a total of eleven weeks.

Further information

Contact: The Executive Officer, Loyola Institute, Irish School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. T: 01 896 4790, E:loyola@tcd.ie