Discovering the Way of Wisdom: Spirituality in the Wisdom Literature

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Budgets, friendships, entertainment, and conversations--not things that immediately come to mind when we think of spiritual growth. However, according to the Old Testament wisdom books (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs), the hundreds of little decisions we make every day are essential parts of developing godly character.

With clarity and depth, authors Curtis and Brugaletta explore essential principles for spiritual growth including developing self-control, nurturing good relationships, practicing fairness and justice, speaking appropriately, and responding properly to difficulty and suffering. This much needed, practical book will help you live in constant awareness of God's concern for every aspect of your relationship with Him.

"A rich, powerful, and weighty treatment of core biblical themes that constitute the very essence of a life well lived." --J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
Talbot School of Theology

"Without sacrificing scholarship or torturing the biblical text beyond recognition, [the authors have] shown that the Wisdom Literature contains more wisdom than we . . . had ever dreamed." --Ronald K. Tacelli, SJ, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Boston College

"A valuable and much needed complement to the emphasis in contemporary spirituality on developing a relationship with God through contemplation and spiritual disciplines." --Robert L. Saucy, Distinguished Professor of Theology
Talbot School of Theology

Edward M. Curtis (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is professor of biblical studies and theology at Talbot School of Theology. A specialist in Old Testament Wisdom Literature, he has written a commentary on Song of Songs and study notes for Job.

John J. Brugaletta (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is Professor Emeritus at California State University. He is a prolific writer of poetry, as well as the co-author with Edward Curtis of Transformed Thinking: Loving God with All Your Mind.

 

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Preface
9
The Crucible of Wisdom
13
Logos and Old Testament Wisdom
25
Proverbs Portrait of a Wise Person
45
Discretion Balance and Priorities
65
Diligence and Resolve on the Path to Maturity
86
Interpersonal Relationships
104
The Fear of the Lord and the Knowledge of God
122
Scripture and Spiritual Transformation
137
Meditation as a Mechanism for Growth
152
Suffering and Spiritual Maturity
172
Ecclesiastes and the Mysteries of Life
192
Wisdom Faith and the Pursuit of Godliness
213
Scripture Index
228
Subject Index
233
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