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Wisdom of Solomon



early Jewish book included in the SeptuagintSeptuagint
[Lat.,=70], oldest extant Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible made by Hellenistic Jews, possibly from Alexandria, c.250 B.C. Legend, according to the fictional letter of Aristeas, records that it was done in 72 days by 72 translators for Ptolemy Philadelphus, which
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 and the VulgateVulgate
[Lat. Vulgata editio=common edition], most ancient extant version of the whole Christian Bible. Its name derives from a 13th-century reference to it as the "editio vulgata." The official Latin version of the Roman Catholic Church, it was prepared c.A.D.
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 but not in the Hebrew Bible. The book opens with an exhortation to seek wisdom, followed by a statement on worldly attitudes. Chapter 3 is an eloquent passage on the immortality of the just and the rewards of the wicked, amplified in the next chapters. Then follows another exhortation and a transition to a section praising wisdom, ending with a prayer for it. The remainder of the book is a history of God's care of the Jews from the beginning, with a long parenthesis on the natural origin of idolatry and its folly. The style and content of the book lend themselves to quotation; for example, St. PaulPaul, Saint,
d. A.D. 64? or 67?, the apostle to the Gentiles, b. Tarsus, Asia Minor. He was a Jew. His father was a Roman citizen, probably of some means, and Paul was a tentmaker by trade. His Jewish name was Saul.
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's letters allude to passages from Wisdom. The book is probably of Alexandrian Jewish authorship—most scholars place the date in the two centuries before Jesus. Some see in it a composite work of three parts: chapters 1–6, 7–9, and 10–19, of which the third is said to resemble a PassoverPassover,
in Judaism, one of the most important and elaborate of religious festivals. Its celebration begins on the evening of the 14th of Nisan (first month of the religious calendar, corresponding to March–April) and lasts seven days in Israel, eight days in the Diaspora
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 Haggada. It is the paragon of what is called wisdom literature, a term for the Jewish philosophical writings of the pre-Christian era. The following books of the Hebrew Bible also represent this type: Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Sirach.


See D. Winston, The Wisdom of Solomon (1979). See also under Old Testament ApocryphaApocrypha
[Gr.,=hidden things], term signifying a collection of early Jewish writings excluded from the canon of the Hebrew scriptures. It is not clear why the term was chosen.
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Both Proverbs and the Book of Wisdom present Sophia as sitting by the city gates, crying out at the busiest corners by the entrance to the city (Wis.
Far from adopting the standard medieval view of New Testament Apocrypha as being by definition Christian writings related to matters treated in the canonical books - which may be useful devotionally or historically but should be treated with caution and in some cases dismissed as heretical(46) - Lefevre redefines apocryphon as either any writing of ecclesiastical authority in Jerome's sense of the term, whose normative doctrinal value is equivalent to that of, for example, the Book of Wisdom or as simply a (heretical) fanciful tale on a biblical theme, to be dismissed as such.
At Mass this morning as I heard God's Word proclaimed in the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, I experienced a "split screen" of sorts: On one screen, the official church response to Carol Curoe and her father, Robert Curoe, as you reported in "Parish cancels talk by father and lesbian daughter" and on the other, these words from scripture proclaimed from the altar:
The Book of Wisdom, also known as the Wisdom of Solomon, is quite generous in using "she" as the identifying pronoun for Wisdom.
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He points again to the Wisdom tradition, where the book of Wisdom "compares Wisdom to a light that darkness cannot supplant, or wickedness does not prevail over Wisdom.