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Preaching Series on Wisdom
Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:1-8; 8:22-36; 10:1-12; Ecclesiastes 1:1-18; 2:18--3:8 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
Wisdom Literature Worship and Preaching Series
Introduction: The following commentary and worship “Wisdom Literature” worship and preaching series is designed for congregations that follow the Narrative Lectionary (NL) during the normal North American congregational program year (September-May). Because the Bible contains many texts and books that are not “narrative texts” or “texts arranged narratively,” the NL delves into some of those non-narrative texts in summer.
Reading: Proverbs 1:1-7 or 1-19Gospel: Luke 6:47-49
The first week of this series is a chance to introduce the biblical concept of “wisdom” and “wisdom literature.” Preachers and worship planners can introduce basic concepts such as what wisdom literature is, how wisdom literature speaks for and about God, and how wisdom is a means through which God is known and through which God works.
In the Bible, there are three (perhaps four) books of wisdom. Proverbs is a wisdom book that has a positive, or optimistic view of wisdom. Ecclesiastes and Jobs are wisdom books that take a more pessimistic, questioning, or negative view of wisdom. Because there are wisdom poems in the Book of Psalms, some consider Psalms as a partial wisdom book (see Psalms 1 and 73 as examples).
In this series, we spend four weeks considering the positive outlook of Proverbs and two weeks considering Ecclesiastes.
Like many biblical books, Proverbs opens with a passage ...
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Narrative Lectionary 087: Preaching Series on Wisdom
June 30, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers a six-week preaching series on Wisdom.