Finding Wisdom in the Bible for Living in a Difficult World
Life is full of obstacles. We all encounter difficulties in our relationships or finances or work and any other number of areas of our lives. Further, we are constantly bombarded with important decisions that we have to make about what we should do and what we should say. We need wisdom, and the book of Proverbs intends to make us wiser in our daily lives. That said, Proverbs is not, contrary to popular opinion, a guide to prosperity and success. So what is it? In this talk, we will discover that Proverbs is a book that increases our emotional intelligence, but also teaches us to be good people who “fear the Lord.” Our exploration of Proverbs will lead us also to consider the message of the books of Job and Ecclesiastes. Finally, we will see how the Old Testament wisdom literature leads us eventually to a closer relationship with Jesus “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).
Dr. Tremper Longman III (B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University; M.Div. Westminster Theological Seminary; M.Phil. and Ph.D. Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has written over 30 books. His most recent book is Confronting Old Testament Controversies: Pressing Questions about Evolution, Sexuality, History, and Violence. His books have been translated into seventeen different languages. In addition, as a Hebrew scholar, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation of the Bible.. Tremper and his wife Alice live in Alexandria, VA and have three sons (Tremper IV, Timothy, Andrew) and six granddaughters (Gabrielle, Mia, Ava, Emerson, Samantha, and Lydia). His mother and sister are both members of Church of the Palms.