Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom

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Fortress Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Religion - 452 pages
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The path of wisdom from Solomon to Jesus and from Jesus to the churchIn the early Jesus movement, wisdom in the person of Jesus was believed to have returned to heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, and to reign from there. But Jesus as wisdom had left both his legacy and his influence behind. The sayings of Jesus recorded in the Gospels reflect not only the influence of the Israelite wisdom traditions, but also the tradition of the personification of wisdom.In this provocative volume newly available in paperback, Ben Witherington provides both an introduction to Israel's wisdom traditions and insight into how Jesus and his sayings fit in that tradition. Beyond this, he demonstrates the on-going significance and influence of these traditions on other New Testament writings. He concludes that Jesus may be viewed primarily as a prophetic sage emphasizing instruction, insight, and humor in a vein counter to the dominant culture.
 

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Contents

Beginning the Journey Drinking from the Fount
3
A Background and Foreground
4
The Fountainhead
19
A Public Malaise
52
Wisdom at a Turning Point From Ben Sira to the Wisdom of Solomon
75
The Contributions of Ben Sira
76
The Wisdom of Solomon
99
Conclusions
111
Colossians 11520
266
1 Timothy 316
272
Hebrews 12b4
275
John 1
282
Conclusions and Further Implications
289
Paul the Apostle Sage or Sophist?
295
Eschatological Wisdom
296
1 Corinthians 14
299

The Profile and Pilgrimage of Wisdom
114
Hokmah Meets Sophia Jesus the Cynic?
117
A The Legacy of Alexander in the Holy Land
118
Noncynical Conclusions
141
Wisdom in Person Jesus the Sage
147
Jesus Parables and Aphorisms
155
The Wisdom of God
201
Wisdoms Legacy From Q to James
211
The Sapiential Agenda of Q
219
James and Traditional Wisdom
236
Singing Wisdoms Praise
249
Philippians 2611
257
1 Corinthians 810 and 2 Corinthians 34
314
Romans 12 911
320
Conclusions and Conjectures
330
The Gospels of Wisdom Matthew and John
335
Different Sons of the Same Mother
336
A Word to the Wise
341
The First and Last Word
368
Final Reflections on Wisdoms Journey
381
Bibliography
389
Scripture Index
410
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