Wisdom literature is a term given to a group of books in the Bible such as Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, the Book of Wisdom, Sirach, and some psalms. These texts include lots of reflection on virtue and the good life. This categorization emerged in modern times and served to locate such texts within a wider array of texts focused on such topics. It also was based on, and enshrined, understandings of knowledge, wisdom and the human person indebted to modern, western, enlightenment perspectives.
In his recent brilliant and controversial book "An Obituary for Wisdom Literature" Will Kynes argues that such a categorization has served these texts, the bible, and the Church, ill.
In this podcast, he advances this argument in a conversation with Daniel Driver. This conversation originally featured in a recent course Daniel taught at AST and he and Will have very generously allowed us here at the AST podcast to share it with you.
We do hope you enjoy it!
PS - Will's book, An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature" is out with Oxford University Press and can be purchased here https://global.oup.com/academic/product/an-obituary-for-wisdom-literature-9780198777373?cc=ca&lang=en&
PPS - David is far too close in the introduction, Premiere Pro made it like this to unify the pictures from the intro and the conversation proper - we do apologize.