Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Feeling around the Wisdom Books

A quick tour of the wisdom books is found in

We are concentrating on capturing the feelings found in the Wisdom Books because the books are experiential, personal, the story of the human heart and mainly poetry. The wise person seems to be the one who observes life and reflects on experience and is in awe of God.

We hope to read huge chucks of Wisdom Literature which shouldn't take you more than half an hour each day. Resist the temptation to get bogged down by details while you read, maybe mark passages you would like to reflect on later. "Images are used and pictures are painted not for us to analyse but to make an impression. These books address our imagination, giving us new insight." It is important to catch the thrust of what is written and allow our feelings as well as our mind to be touched. As you blog your response, you may like to respond emotionally and visually as well.

Let's begin with the oldest story in the world Job.

You could compare it to a period drama, a Shakespearean historical play perhaps. " It is important to read the whole book through and not just dip in to get its message, because much of what is said is recorded in order to be refuted." Job is emotional, depressed even and his friends try to comfort him when everything has gone wrong. Things hit rock bottom when even his supportive friends can't comfort him.... be prepared to for a depressing journey with Job for the next 5 days.

(Ideas adapted from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Bible by Colin Sinclair)

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