Tree of Life: Wisdom in Ancient Israel and the Book of Proverbs
Led by Christine Yoder, 11:00am on Zoom
The wisdom literature of ancient Israel (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes) invites us into the age-old and enduring conversation about what is good and wise in life. How do we discern right from wrong in a world of complex and competing claims? What values do we treasure and why? What makes for strong families and just communities? What cultivates empathy and motivates acts of kindness? How do we understand money, the power of speech, the realities of suffering, and the inevitability of death? And how do we teach it all to our children? Through the lens of the book of Proverbs, this study explores how the ancient Israelite sages wrestled with such questions, the formation of moral character, and what it means to “fear the Lord.”
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Christine Roy Yoder received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MDiv and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. A teaching elder in the PC(USA), she serves as the J. McDowell Richards Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She is the author of Wisdom as a Woman of Substance: A Socioeconomic Reading of Proverbs 1-9 and 31:10-31 (De Gruyter) and Proverbs (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series), as well as many articles and chapters in books. Christine received a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology (2014-15) to work on her current book, tentatively titled Desiring Wisdom: Human Flourishing in Israelite Wisdom Literature (forthcoming from Fortress Press). Christine is on the editorial board of the Biblical Interpretation Series published by Brill, the Common English Bible Translation Board, and is co-chair of the Association of Theological Schools Council on Theological Scholarship and Research.