Biblical Wisdom Literature : The Great Courses: Christianity

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Father Joseph Koterski, S.J.
  • Series: The Great Courses: Christianity
  • 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In 36 thought-provoking lectures, you'll explore enlightening teachings that have inspired the world and that continue to speak to life's most important questions. Throughout, you'll benefit from Father Koterski's ecumenical perspective, as he presents these teachings within the Jewish and Christian traditions and compares the varying versions of these texts. What do these writings have to say about the great philosophical problems people seek to understand? You'll find out as you contend with the literal and figurative meanings behind some of the Bible's most essential books and parts (as well as some that many of us overlook). Among them: the book of Job, which contends with some of the most enduring philosophical and theological questions; the book of Proverbs, with its moral exhortation to live according to God's covenant; the book of Sirach, which contains advice on friendship and fidelity to God's law; the Song of Songs, a sublime piece of biblical poetry; and the Wisdom of Solomon, with its stirring contemplation of wisdom in civic and private life.
Each of these and the other books in these lectures is placed in its historical and cultural context, but is also examines in the context of today's world. Father Koterski takes care to describe how these ancient teachings can be applied to everyday dilemmas we all face. The result is an enriching journey that is as rewarding for members of the Jewish and Christian faiths as it is to those

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What did you love best about Biblical Wisdom Literature?

The lecturer's intimate knowledge of the subject matter combined with a life of devotionally interacting with these texts.


Any additional comments?

The Great Courses Series often employs biblical scholars who are erudite and professional, but uncommonly do they employ one whose expertise is colored by a life of meeting God in and through the analyzed texts. Critical but also devotional, this treatment on the biblical wisdom literature has just the right synchrony of features to impart a holistic treatment to the audience.

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- Justin Sproles

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What made the experience of listening to Biblical Wisdom Literature the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed Fr. Koterski's thorough knowledge of the subject matter. He often gave insights that I would never have gleaned from other sources I have read.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Biblical Wisdom Literature?

Reaching the end of the course; I thought my head would explode from the plethora of detail that Father K brings to the table.


What does Father Joseph Koterski, S.J. bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a personal wisdom and academic strength that, even if one were to read the same facts in a book, one would not feel the same impact.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Read the book. We could not fit this stuff into a movie without losing something of value.


Any additional comments?

In spite of my preceding contents, a condensed version of the most salient points might attract more readers tempted by the genre.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses