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Wisdom, Torah, And Election: An Introduction To The Study

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The three principal Wisdom books of the Jewish Bible never once mention the cardinal events of ancient Israel's historical tradition. Rather than drawing theological conclusions from traditions about Israel's historical encounter with YHWH, the biblical sages developed their understanding of the universe and its creator through the observation of human interactions and natural phenomena. The Greek text simply juxtaposes Wisdom and Torah without any verbal clues as to the nature of the relation. The doctrine of election draws a similar distinction between YHWH's relationship to humanity in general and the particular relationship that YHWH enters into with Israel. Election tends to be thought of in terms of particularism. That is, for many people, the idea that God chooses to enter into a special relationship with some persons and not others connotes exclusivism. Leo Perdue treats the theme of election in Sirach more fully than any other scholar.

Keywords: election; God; Israel; Sirach; Torah; wisdom; YHWH



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