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The concept of wisdom in the Hebrew Bible – A comparative-philosophical analysis

Jacobus W. Gericke

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 32, No 1 (2011), 6 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v32i1.513

Submitted: 27 March 2011
Published:  08 September 2011


This article provides a brief comparative philosophical clarification of the concept of wisdom in the Hebrew Bible. Utilising the format of a presentation presented by Ryan (2008), four philosophical definitions of wisdom were compared with similar sentiments in ancient Israelite religion: (1) wisdom as epistemic humility, (2) wisdom as factual knowledge, (3) wisdom as useful knowledge, and (4) wisdom as successful living. Cumulatively the four criteria might approximate a functional list of individually necessary and jointly sufficient conditions for instantiating the property of being wise.

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Jacobus W. Gericke, North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus), South Africa


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