Tremper Longman: The Beginning of Wisdom – Becoming Wise According to the Bible

Date(s) - June 26, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Regent College Chapel

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Explore the biblical concept of wisdom, focusing on Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Ask, is wisdom simply a practical category like emotional intelligence? And if so, does that mean it shares the same perspective on life as other ancient Near Eastern societies? Or is biblical wisdom particular to Israel and its legal and covenantal traditions? In seeking an answer to these questions, examine the ethical and theological dimensions of wisdom—an inquiry that will lead us to the New Testament, which portrays Jesus as the ultimate Sage and urges Christians to a life of wisdom. The lecture will end with a consideration of the importance of biblical wisdom in the formation of people in the 21st century.

Tremper Longman III is Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has written over thirty books, including commentaries on Genesis, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel, and Nahum.
This lecture is part of our 2019 Summer Evening Public Lecture Series.
Dr. Longman will be teaching the class “Reading the Old Testament as a Christian” from June 24–28, 2019 as part of our 2019 Summer Programs. Learn more at

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