Tag: wisdom literature

Bible, Christianity

Is the author of Job an unreliable narrator?

The literary device of an unreliable narrator may make an appearance in Job. The literary device is essentially when a narrator presents reality in a way that contradicts the logic of the narrative. Some unreliable narrators could be crazy people like the narrator of Fight Club, deceitful gods as in Aristophanes’ Frogs, in the Dark Knight, Heath …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

From the outside in?

The pattern we typically set for people who wish to be more like Christ is this: Start from the inside out. It’s not unreasonable. Jesus says roughly that to the Pharisees: Matthew 23:25-26 ESV “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they …

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Wisdom Wedneday: Wisdom for Leadership from the Wisdom of Solomon

A lot of people want to be in leadership roles just like a lot of people want to be a body builder. But the problem is that very few people want to put in the work necessary to be a good leader, nor the work necessary to be a big bodybuilder. To be a good …

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Proverbs 24:27

Pro 24:27 Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. I suppose you could shorten this Proverb to “put first things first.” Of course, to do that we’ve got to think things through. In the case of buying property in the ancient world, you’d want …

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Wisdom Wednesday: Proverbs 22:13

The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets. (Proverbs 22:13) Passages of scripture like this pose one of the greatest challenges for risk averse people. Many of us think we are wise for avoiding risk. And indeed, Proverbs itself says that the wise hides himself when there …

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Wisdom Wednesday: The Master of Destruction and Deep Work

Proverbs 18:9 Even he who is slack in his employment is a brother of a master of destruction. (Author’s Translation) I can’t tell if I translated the passage above based solely on a desire to be literal or because “master of destruction” simply sounds better than the less literal, “him who destroys (ESV).” Anyhow, the …

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Thoughts on being a nerd and being well liked

When I was younger, I was a nerd. I played too many video games, my favorite class was computer programming, I couldn’t figure out social interactions, and felt resentful of people who could make friends well. Now, I’m happy to say that I figured it out from reading the Bible after my conversion. I have …