HOW TO READ WISDOM LITERATURE

DATE TAUGHT: Wednesday, May 12th 2021

TEACHER: Thaddeus Maharaj

Nobody wants to be a fool, we all desire to live with wisdom.

God’s Word does not leave us without guidance for wisdom for living. The books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs and even some of the Psalms are considered to be of the genre called “Wisdom Literature”.

However, sometimes people pick up these books and wonder, “why aren’t these things always true in my life and experience?” Why do some of the sayings seem to contradict each other? What’s up with all the strange images or sayings? If we’re honest, it can often be a struggle to make sense of it all.

The Bible has many different genres of literature in it. There are books of poetry and songs, history and law, letters and narratives. Each of these must be read a certain way to rightly understand their meaning. The READ SCRIPTURE Workshops are designed to help equip you with the tools you need to rightly read, interpret and apply God’s Word through teaching and practical application in an open atmosphere where you can ask questions and interact with the text.

What to expect

  • An Introduction to the genre of wisdom literature

  • Some examples of wrong ways to interpret and apply wisdom literature

  • Some general principles for approaching and interpreting wisdom literature

  • Practical examples working through a text of wisdom literature

  • Interactive discussion time

  • Open Q&A time

  • Digital handouts & notes

Workshop Video

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Print and Other Materials

These are the additional materials used during this workshop. Feel free to use them if you’d like to go through the workshop together with a small group or Bible study.

WORKSHOP HANDOUT

This is a handout for this workshop with a quick summary of the notes for your quick reference. Click to download the PDF.

TEACHER'S NOTES

These are the teacher’s full notes from the workshop. You can download the PDF here.

PRESENTATION SLIDES

These are the presentation slides from the workshop. Click to download as an Interactive PDF.

Resources on Wisdom Literature

Here are a few recommended resources to help you dig deeper into the Bible’s wisdom literature. The videos below from Bible Project serve as helpful summaries or overviews and the book resources can help you dive deeper into studying the books in more detail.

THE BOOKS OF SOLOMON

This Bible Project animated video is an overview of the books of Solomon.

THE BOOK OF PROVERBS

This Bible Project animated video is an overview of the book of Proverbs.

THE BOOKS OF JOB

This Bible Project animated video is an overview of the books of Job.

OVERVIEW: ECCLESIASTES

This Bible Project animated video is an overview of the book of Ecclesiastes.

The materials for our READ SCRIPTURE WORKSHOP are offered through our website free of charge for personal use or in small groups for the edification of individuals in the body of Christ and the Church globally. Please, no editing or redistribution of this content without the expressed written permission of Hope Church Toronto West. The video from The Bible Project is not produced by Hope Church Toronto West and is used only as a supplementary resource.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact thaddeus@hopechurchtw.ca

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