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Wisdom in Classical and Biblical Tradition

Michael Legaspi

Wisdom in Classical and Biblical Tradition

Wisdom in Classical and Biblical Tradition

Wisdom in Classical and Biblical Tradition

 

Wisdom in Classical and Biblical Tradition begins with the recognition that modern culture emerged from a synthesis of the legacies of ancient Greek civilization and the theological perspectives of Jewish and Christian scriptures.


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Wisdom in Classical and Biblical Tradition begins with the recognition that modern culture emerged from a synthesis of the legacies of ancient Greek civilization and the theological perspectives of Jewish and Christian scriptures. Part of what made this synthesis possible was a shared outlook: a common aspiration toward wholeness of understanding that refused to separate knowledge from goodness, virtue from happiness, cosmos from polis, and divine authority
from human responsibility. This wholeness of understanding, or wisdom, features prominently in both classical and biblical literatures as an ultimate good.
Wisdom in Classical and Biblical Tradition has two central aims. The first is to explain in formal terms what wisdom is. Though wisdom involves matters of practical judgment affecting the life of the individual and the social sphere, it has also been identified with an understanding of the world and of the ultimate realities that give meaning to human thought and action. Michael Legaspi explains how, in its traditional form, wisdom was understood to govern intellectual, social, and
ethical endeavors. Legaspi's second aim is to analyze figures and texts that have yielded and shaped the traditional understanding of wisdom. This book examines accounts of wisdom from foundational texts that range from the period of Homer to the destruction of the Second Temple, and explains why the search for
wisdom remains an important but problematic endeavor today.


ISBN
9780190885120
Pagina's
328
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NUR
610
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1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
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OUP USA

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