This session was taught at the Christ Church Manchester School of Theology on Saturday 20th October 2018. The CCM School of Theology was set up to serve local churches in Manchester and beyond.

Topic: Wisdom Books

In this session, we look at the Wisdom literature of the Bible.

Speaker: Justin Mote

Justin is the former head of the North West Partnership Ministry Training course and a regular speaker on various Theology Topics



Wisdom Literature


• Our wisdom literature and the Hebrew Books of the Writings

The Hebrew Writings included Ruth, Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah and

The Hebrew Writings order was different to ours

• The material was collected over a long time period

from Moses (Psalm 90) to well past exile (Esther during reign of Xerxes

• The material is a mixture of:

narrative (e.g. Job 1-2) and poetry (e.g. Psalms)

single authors (e.g. Job) and anthologies (Psalms and Proverbs)

• It is written by Jewish believers and apparently non- Jews too

e.g. Proverbs 22:17, 30:1, 31:1


Some general observations


Wisdom and issues of order


Wisdom and the gaps


Case study: Job


1). Perfection, suffering and faithfulness, 1:1-2:10


the big issue


the dreadful suffering


the faithful response


2). The persistent question and the dangerous answers, 2:11-5:17


and a mention of chapter 28

and a mention of chapter 29-31

and a mention of chapter 32-37


3). God in control, the humble response, the friends correction and restoration, and blessings restored, 38:1-42:17



Big themes of the book:

The inadequacy of observation

The danger of false counselling

The information that you need
The wise response
The sovereign God
The information that you don’t need

The pattern of the book

How it follows the pattern of the Bible

How it follows the pattern of the Lord Jesus





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