ICS Calendar Title: For the Love of Wisdom: Scripture, Philosophy, and Creation Order 

ICS Course Code: ICS 220810 W16

Instructor: Dr. Nik Ansell

Term and Year: Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm, Winter 2016

Last Updated: January 5, 2016. *Note: This is not a final version.

Contents

1. Course Description

2. Reading Schedule

3. Course Requirements

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

5. Required Readings

6. Some Recommended Readings

1. Course Description

If philosophy may be seen as “the love of wisdom,” how might this (western) wisdom be related to the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament), and to the wider sapiential characteristics and concerns of the biblical canon? Is the focus on (creation) order that many OT/HB scholars find in the wisdom literature indicative of a kind of philosophical awareness? Or is it an imposition of a later western “wisdom” onto the biblical writings? Does biblical wisdom thinking naturally lead to the development of a Christian appreciation for, and development of, philosophy? Or does a potential clash between rival (biblical and western) wisdom traditions suggest that the notion of “Christian philosophy” is oxymoronic? In conversation with the writings of Gerhard von Rad, Roland Murphy, Pierre Hadot, and others, this course will explore how wisdom thinking, as disclosed in Scripture, provokes a re-examination of the roots of western philosophy and the scholarly implications of biblical revelation.

2. Proposed Reading Schedule

session 1 Introductions

session 2 Ansell, “For the Love of Wisdom”

session 3 Wolters, “Creation Order;” Hart, “Creation Order in Our Tradition.”

session 4 Von Rad, Wisdom in Israel

session 5

session 6

session 7 Murphy, The Tree of Life

session 8

session 9

session 10 Hadot, Philosophy as a Way of Life

session 11

session 12

session 13

3. Course Goals Include:

  1. Critical understanding of divergent, parallel, convergent, and/or rival visions of wisdom
  2. Ability to think creatively and constructively about the relation between Scripture and Western philosophy
  3. Knowledge of scholarly discussions about the nature of wisdom in the biblical traditions and the nature of philosophy as a way of life.

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

a)      Total reading (# of pages):  1250 pages total, including research for paper, of which  approximately 60–70 pages per week is required to prepare for class

b)      In-seminar leadership: Written observations on at least two required readings, identifying  key issues and questions, to aid class discussion; oral contribution to discussion

c)      Description of course project:   One paper, addressing a question, theme, or interpretive challenge arising from the class readings and discussion, of 3000–4000               words (Master’s students) or 5000–7000 words (PhD students),   due by relevant ICS/TST deadline.

d)          Description and weighting of elements to be evaluated:

i.                     Class participation:                                        20% [TST 20%]

ii.                   Seminar Presentations:                                  20% [TST 30%]

iii.                  Research Project/Paper:                                60% [TST 50%]

5. Required Readings

Ansell, Nicholas. 2001. “The Call of Wisdom/The Voice of the Serpent: A Canonical Approach to the Tree of Knowledge.” Christian Scholar’s Review 31, no. 1: 31–57 [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PER]

———. 2011. “This Is Her Body . . . : Judges 19 as Call to Discernment.” In Tamar’s Tears: Evangelical Engagements with Feminist Old Testament Hermeneutics, ed. Andrew Sloane, 112–70. Eugene, OR: Pickwick. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS1199 .W7 T36 2012]

———. Forthcoming. “For the Love of Wisdom: Scripture, Philosophy, and the Relativization of Order.” In The Future of Creation Order, ed. Gerrit Glas, Jeroen de Ridder, Govert Buijs, and Annette Mosher. Dordrecht: Springer. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: ON ORDER]

———. “The Embrace of Wisdom: Proverbs 8, Genesis 1, and the Covenantal Dynamics of Existence” (unpublished paper)

Cooper, John M. 2012. Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B111 .C67 2012]

Crenshaw, James L. 2010. Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS 1455 .C65 2010 ; KNOX Library: BS1455 .C65 2010]

Gericke, Jaco. 2012. The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion. Atlanta, GA: SBL. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BL51 .G45 2012]

Hadot, Pierre. 1995. Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault. Trans. Michael Chase, ed. A.I. Davidson. Oxford: Blackwell. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B105 .S66 H3313 1995 - located on the shelf for ICS-220402-W16 course]

Hart, Hendrik. 1995. “Creation Order in Our Tradition: Critique and Refinement.” In An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation, ed. Brian J. Walsh, Hendrik Hart, and Robert Vandervennen, 67–96. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT78 .E74]

Hazony, Yoram. 2012. The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS1186 .H39 2012]

Healy, Mary and Robin Parry, eds. 2007. The Bible and Epistemology: Biblical Soundings on the Knowledge of God. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT40 .B52 2007]

Murphy, Roland E. 1985. “Wisdom and Creation.” Journal of Biblical Literature 104, no. 1: 3–11. [UofT Libraries e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7723014]

———. 1998. Proverbs. WBC 22; Nashville: Thomas Nelson. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS 1465.3 .M8 1998]

———. 2002. The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS 1455 .M83 2002]

Van Leeuwen, Raymond C. 1990. “Liminality and Worldview in Proverbs 1–9.” Semeia 50: 111–44. [UofT Libraries e-resource: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7753713]

———. 1997. “The Book of Proverbs: Introduction, Commentary, and Reflections.” In New Interpreter’s Bible, vol. 5, ed. David L. Petersen et al. Nashville: Abingdon. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS491.2 .N48 REF]

Von Rad, Gerhard. 1972. Wisdom in Israel. Trans. James D. Martin. London: SCM Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS1455 .R23a 1972]

Wolters, Albert M. 1995. “Creation Order: A Historical Look at Our Heritage.” In An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation, ed. Brian J. Walsh, Hendrik Hart, and Robert Vandervennen, 33–48. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT78 .E74]

Zuidema, S.U. 1972. “Philosophy as Point of Departure.” In Communication and Confrontation: A Philosophical Appraisal and Critique of Modern Society and Contemporary Thought, by S.U. Zuidema, 124–28. Toronto: Wedge. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR115 .C8 Z9]

6. Some Recommended Readings

Brueggemann, Walter. 1997. Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy. Minneapolis: Fortress. [Robarts Library: BS1192.5 .B79 1997]

Caputo, John D. 2013. Truth. Philosophy in Transit. London: Penguin. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BL51 .C35 2013]

Clifford, Richard J. 1997. “Introduction to Wisdom Literature.” In The New Interpreter’s Bible, vol. 5, ed. David L. Petersen et al, 1–16. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS491.2 .N48 REF]

Collins, John J. 1997. Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox. [Robarts Library: BS1765.2 .C65 1997]

DeWeese, Garrett J. 2011. Doing Philosophy as a Christian. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR100 .D457 2011]

Fox, Michael V. 2000. Proverbs 1–9: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. AB 18A; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

———. 2009. Proverbs 10–31: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. AB 18B; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: ON ORDER]

Fretheim, Terence E. 2005. God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BS1199 .C73 F74 2005]

Garrett, Duane A. 1993. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. NAC 14; Nashville, TN: Broadman. [Robarts Library: BS1455 .G295 1993]

Grant, J.A. 2008. “Wisdom and Covenant.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry & Writings, ed. Tremper Longman and Peter Enns, 858–63. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. [St. Michael’s College, Kelly Library: BS440 .D53 2008]

Griffioen, Sander and Jan Verhoogt. 1990a. “Introduction: Normativity and Contextuality in the Social Sciences.” In Norm and Context in the Social Sciences, ed. Sander Griffioen and Jan Verhoogt, 9–22. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: H61 .N67]

———, eds. 1990b. Norm and Context in the Social Sciences. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: H61 .N67]

Hare, John E. 1995. “Too Far the Pendulum Swings.” In An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation, ed. Brian J. Walsh, Hendrik Hart, and Robert Vandervennen, 102–108. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT78 .E74]

Hart, Hendrik.. 2000. “Notes on Dooyeweerd, Reason, and Order.” In Contemporary Reflections on the Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd: A Supplement to the Collected Works of Herman Dooyeweerd, ed. D.F.M. Strauss and Michelle Botting, 125–46. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B4051 .D64 C66 2000]

Hatton, Peter T.H. 2008. Contradiction in the Book of Proverbs: The Deep Waters of Counsel. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. [no location at UTL]

Hauerwas, Stanley. 2001. With the Grain of the Universe: The Church’s Witness and Natural Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos. [Knox College Library: BT102 .H366 2001]

Heim, Knut Martin. 2001. Like Grapes of Gold Set in Silver: An Interpretation of Proverbial Clusters in Proverbs 10:1–22:16. BZAW; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. [Emmanuel College Library: BS410 .Z5 v.273]

———. 2013. Poetic Imagination in Proverbs: Variant Repetitions and the Nature of Poetry. BBR supplements 4; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. [Emmanuel College Library: BS1465.52 .H45 2013]

Hesselink, I. John. 2001. “Law.” In The Westminster Handbook to Reformed Theology, ed. Donald K. McKim, 134–36. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BX9406 .W47 2001]

Jaspers, Karl. 1954. Way to Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy. Trans. Ralph Manheim. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD23 .J313]

Lucas, E.C. 2008. “Wisdom Theology.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry & Writings, ed. Tremper Longman and Peter Enns, 907–909. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. [St. Michael’s College, Kelly Library: BS440 .D53 2008]

Morgan, Donn F. 1981. Wisdom in the Old Testament Traditions. Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press. [Robarts Library: BS1455 .M67]

Perdue, Leo G. 2000. Proverbs. Interpretation; Louisville, KY: John Knox Press. [Knox College: BS1465.3 .P45 2000]

Runner, H. Evan. 1982. The Relation of the Bible to Learning. St. Catherine’s, ON: Wedge. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR100 .R8 1982]

Sailhamer, John H. 2000. “A Wisdom Composition of the Pentateuch?” In The Way of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Bruce K. Waltke, ed. J.I. Packer and Sven K. Soderlund, 15–35. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. [Trinity College Library: BS1455 .W39 2000]

Seerveld, Calvin G. 1998. “Proverbs 10:1-22: From Poetic Paragraphs to Preaching.” In Reading and Hearing the Word: From Text to Sermon; Essays in Honor of John H. Stek, ed. Arie C. Leder, 181–200. Grand Rapids: Calvin Theological Seminary/CRC Publications. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BV15 .R43 1998]

VanDrunen, David. 2010. Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. [Knox College Library: BX9423 .L3 V36 2010]

Walsh, Brian J., Hendrik Hart, and Robert Vandervennen, eds. 1995. An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT78 .E74]

Waltke, Bruce K. 2004. The Book of Proverbs, Chapters 1–15. NICOT; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

———. 2005. The Book of Proverbs, Chapters 15–31. NICOT; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. [Knox College Library: BS1465.53 .W36 2005]

Weeks, Stuart. 2010. An Introduction to the Study of Wisdom Literature. London: T & T Clark. [Trinity College Library: BS1455 .W44 2010]

Wolterstorff, Nicholas. 1995. “Response to Albert M. Wolters.” In An Ethos of Compassion and the Integrity of Creation, ed. Brian J. Walsh, Hendrik Hart, and Robert Vandervennen, 62–66. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT78 .E74]

Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or Student Services as soon as possible.


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