Flashcards in Wisdom Literature Deck (19):
Life is tough!
emotions: grief, joy, thanksgiving, anger (relationships)
Catholic Mass: Responsorial Psalm/Liturgy of the Hours
Relationship with God, addressing God
2 party system: Israel stands before God like a child before a father
Song of Songs description
Sexual, erotic, love poems, allegory
Wisdom Literature Books
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (Solomon), Sirach, Wisdom
Wisdom literature description
"There is an absence of references to Moses, Mt. Sinai, patriarchs, and other items in Israelites Tradition"
-emotion, honesty, philosophical questioning
-Universal Appeal (appeals to everyone, even non-religious people)
-Wisdom lit has a real relationship (risk, contact)
-Two-Party System: it takes 2
Christ in Wisdom Lit
-1 Corinthians 1:24,30.."Jesus is the wisdom and power of God"
"O come O come O Wisdom from on high"
First book of Wisdom lit
7th-5th BC (587 BC-Babylonian Exile)
-Ch. 1-2 Job's problem....37-42 Job meets God (appears as a whirlwind)
-salty, negative, pessimistic, resentful, sad, depressing
-pointlessness of life
-all is vanity (pointless)
Job is good:
-"blameless and upright"
-feared God, turned from evil
-"the Lord gives and the Lord takes away"
Job gets bad:
-burned up sheep and servants
-house (property) fell on his sons and daughters (descendants) and died
-Satan curses him
-wife curses God=dies
Why is Ecclesiastes so negative?
-grieving the delusion of control
-anger, sadness (5 stages of grieving)
-sung accompanied by harp/lyre (selah)
-attributed to David
-Jesus quoted Psalms: "in your hands I commit my spirit"...."My God my God why have you foresaken me"
Song of Songs
"Salvation is an inside job"
Israel (beloved) learns to receive the gift of salvation from God (lover)
-God initiates salvation; He is in control
-does not mention name of God once
Why doesn't Song of Songs mention God's name?
Name defines a boundary (control)
If I can define God, I have control
"All of the scriptures could fall away, but if SS remained, that would be enough" -Rabbi Akiva
Bad things happen to good people?
-destroys logic of the Moral Pattern
-does good, gets bad
-salvation is a gift, cannot be earned, Israel is NOT in control
Hallelujah Song allusions
Secret chord that David played that pleased the Lord (Psalms)
Bathing on the roof (Bathsheba)
She cut your hair (Samson/Delilah)
-Alleluia means "praise the Lord"
How is it used?
Consolation, when all fails still rely on God, can't do it alone, sarcastic/ironic
-God is still with us even in defeat/struggle
-honesty (2 party system)
Dark Night of the Soul
Promised Land= "my house"
Where is Christ?
-Christ is waiting for us to let go of PL and find our way to him
-"Beloved waiting for him"
-leave behind safety
-contact, real relationship, trust, feel God's presence
Creative Essay: why are the parentheses blank for the Wisdom Literature unit? (very intentional, but why?)
-no specific law in Wisdom Literature
-"there is an absence of references to Moses, Mt. Sinai, patriarchs, and other items in the Israelite Tradition"
-philosophical questioning, not laws