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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Christian Formation for Sunday September 16 - Proverbs 1:20-33; The Call of Wisdom

September 16, 2012, 16 Pentecost
Proverbs 1:20-33
The Call of Wisdom
Background: Proverbs, like Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon is attributed to Solomon. It is likely that Solomon was not the author but because the verses describe wisdom they are associated with the archetype of wisdom in the Old Testament. Principal in the book of Proverbs is the combination of received tradition with new insights.
Theme: This section marks the beginning of the “Wisdom Poems.” In this section we see Woman Wisdom delivering a series of rhetorical, but direct, questions. Woman Wisdom begins an open appeal to society asking the wise and simple to reflect on the importance of Wisdom for their continued survival.
Questions to Ponder
* Who do you think “Woman Wisdom” is in this story?
* What function does “Woman Wisdom” have in educating the people? Do you think “Woman Wisdom” has a function in teaching more people than just the Israelites? Why or why not?
* Why do you think “Woman Wisdom” was addressing her society on the street and in the square by raising her voice (v. 20)?
* What other passages in Scripture use the motif of “How long…” for engaging the readers?
* Why might “Woman Wisdom” be focusing on “the simple” with her opening query?
* In this passage, it appears that “Woman Wisdom” is not compassionate – she “laughs at the simple person’s calamity” and “mocks them when they panic”. Do you think that image is the desired image of the writer? Why or why not?
* In verse 28 “Woman Wisdom” says the people will “call… and not be answered” and “seek… and not find me.” What other passages of scripture is this either reminiscent of or in contrast to?
* To whom do you think “Woman Wisdom” is speaking?
* In verse 30 the verbs change to words like counsel and reproof. For what reason do you think the change is made? What type of relationship is intimated by the change in tone?
* In verses 32 and 33, “Woman Wisdom” does not appear to be the one who executes judgment. Who or what might the judge of the “simple person” be? Do you think this was the case in the time that the text was written?
* Some argue that this passage states that “Woman Wisdom” is not the judge and our actions are actually our judge. Do you think this is true? Given our society’s tendencies do you think our society believes this hypothesis – that “evil is its own reward”?
* What might the applications of this passage be for our church today?

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