The word wisdom (חכם) is mentioned 222 times in the Hebrew Bible. It was regarded as one of the highest virtues among the Israelites along with kindness (חסד) and justice (צדק). Both the books of Proverbs and Psalms urge readers to obtain and to increase in wisdom.

The Old Testament conceptions of wisdom come mainly from Proverbs and from the less optimistic view of Providence in Job and Ecclesiastes. In the post-canonical writings, Ben Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon follow each respectively. Wisdom’s complexity leads to 12 types of aphorisms in Proverbs, including the gnomic, educational and metaphorical.

 

 

Yeshua, Torah and the Tree of Life

Yeshua, Torah and the Tree of Life Torah is also called the “Tree of Life,” as it points us to God as He reveals Himself in the Sephirot, and thus His salvation. Going back to the time of Moses, God Himself states that His Torah is the way of “life.”...

“Finding Wisdom, Faith and Comfort in the Tanach”

“Finding Wisdom, Faith and Comfort in the Tanach” The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Written by Dr. Larry Hurwitz The following is one in a series of columns in which local community members write about their favorite Jewish books. This week’s column is by Larry Hurwitz, M.D., a senior editor for Torah...

Old Testament Wisdom

Old Testament Wisdom The didactic books constitute the third group of writings in the Old Testament. They teach man to organize his personal, earthly life in such a way that it will be blessed by God and by men, and may give him prosperity and peace of soul. The wisdom...

The Wisdom of the Talmud

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The Wisdom of Israel

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Wisdom In Judaism

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Jewish Wisdom and Apocalyptic in Gnostic Apocalypses

Jewish Wisdom and Apocalyptic in Gnostic Apocalypses SBL session on Wisdom and Apocalyptic, November 20, 2001 By Birger A. Pearson “Jewish wisdom and apocalypticism cannot be cleanly separated from one another.” This statement by George Nickelsburg inaugurating the SBL section on “Jewish Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Early...

Moral Virtues Recommended In The Torah

Moral Virtues Recommended In The Torah Humility: Avoiding Pride and Arrogance He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the Prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord. (2 Chronicles, 36:12) A little while, and the wicked will be no...

Wisdom from the Talmud

In observance of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, I present wisdom from the Talmud, a sacred text of the Jewish faith.

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