Seeing the World and Knowing God: Hebrew Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-Modern Context

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This book aims to create a Christian theology of wisdom for the present day, in discussion with two sets of conversation-partners. The first are writers of the 'wisdom literature' in ancient Israel and the Jewish community in Alexandria. Here, special attention is given to the biblical books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. The second conversation-partners are philosophers and thinkers of the late-modern age, among them Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, JuliaKristeva, Paul Ricoeur, and Hannah Arendt. In the late-modern period there has been a reaction against an inherited conception of the conscious and rational self as mastering and even subjugating the world around, and there has been an attempt to overcome the consequent split between the subject andobjects of observation. Paul S. Fiddes enters into dialogue with these late-modern concerns about the relation between the self and the world, proposing that the wisdom which is indicated by the ancient Hebraic concept of ḥokmah integrates a 'practical wisdom' of handling daily experience with the kind of wisdom which is 'attunement' to the world and ultimately to God as creator and sustainer of all. Fiddes brings detailed exegesis of texts from the ancient wisdom literature into interaction with anaccount of the subject in late-modern thought, in order to form a theology in which seeing the world is knowing a God whose transcendent reality is always immanent in the signs and bodies of the world. He thus argues that participation in a triune, relational God shapes a wisdom that addresses problems of a dominatingself, and opens the human person to others.
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ISBN-13: 9780198709756
ISBN-10: 0198709757
Pagini: 436
Dimensiuni: 157 x 235 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.67 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Fidde's patient and fascinating exegesis of ancient texts shows how Hebrew and Christian conceptions of wisdom cohere with these concerns of modern Continental philosophy.
I must admit that have done almost no justice to the depth and significance of biblical scholarship that Fidde's addresses in this vast work, and I have only gestured toward the wonderful connections that he makes between contemporary society, both its faults and its hopeful possibilities, and the ancient writings of wisdom that have been passed on to us as part of a determinate religious tradition. Indeed, as I neared the end of the volume, I had the sneakingsuspicion that I would be returning to the volume again and again in order to find more use for the valuable insights which his latest book presents us with. I have few doubts, moreover, that this impression will be anything less than accurate.
Fiddes has attempted a complex interweaving of three distinct strands in his interests, Christian doctrine, modern Continental philosophy, and an early doctoral focus on Wisdom literature. Fiddes produces his weave with such consummate skill that any reader is bound to come away impressed ...
This is an important book that illuminates every topic it discusses and it discusses a great deal.

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Paul S. Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford and Director of Research, Regent's Park College, Oxford. His publications include Baptists and the Communion of Saints: A Theology of Covenanted Disciples (Baylor University Press, 2014) and The Promised End: Eschatology in Theology and Literature (Wiley Blackwell, 2000).