This week we continue and finish reading Wisdom (or the Wisdom of Solomon). This book fascinates me because though its author was interested in it being associated with King Solomon. David deSilva notes, “Solomon was the quintessential sage in Israelite tradition, and so it is not surprising to find anonymous sages continuing to attribute their writings to the patron saint of Jewish wisdom.” (p. 22) It is generally believed it was written around the time of Jesus in Alexandria, and though at least one canon places it in the New Testament, it is unknown whether or not the writers of New Testament books were familiar with it.
What questions do you have about the Apocryphal (or deutero-canonical) books of the Bible?
We’re reading Phillips Theological Seminary’s Advent devotional for our prayer time this advent. We’re already at Week 3, Joy. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have to get under or beyond some things in order to get to the joy in life. I mean, life simply is what it is, and it’s not all fun and games – the way the world is set up seems like it might be a recipe for extinguishing joy. As Dr. John Thomas puts it, “Finding joy in life can be a challenge for most people. Although the Advent season promises ‘Joy to the World,’ many Christians in the United States [and I would say, a lot of others who don’t claim Christianity] struggle to find meaning and purpose in their lives.” But a little bit later he reminds us how to find and reclaim joy – that “…the joy of God has always been intended to be shared with the rest of the world, not with the privileged few.”
Where do you find joy in your life and our world? And how will you share your joy with the rest of the world?
This week we begin Part 2, “Managing Your Time,” Chapter 1, “The Value of Time” of The Lifelong Activist. Rettig encourages us to value our time as much as we do our money, reminding us that well-spent time moves us closer to our goals. I find that time is more precious to me, the less of it I feel like I have, and as I get older it seems like time slips faster and faster away, simply impossible to hold onto. And so as time is so precious, we may reflect on what we can do to make the best use of the finite time we have on this earth.
How do you spend and use your time? On what would you like to spend more time? On what would you like to spend less?
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- “‘Apocrypha’ in the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, Abridged Edition.” Bible Odyssey, 2009. http://www.bibleodyssey.org/HarperCollinsBibleDictionary/a/apocrypha.
- Breed, Brennan. “Bible Basics: How Was the Bible Written and Transmitted?” Bible Odyssey, n.d. http://www.bibleodyssey.org/tools/bible-basics/how-was-the-bible-written-and-transmitted.
- Burnette-Bletsch, Rhonda. “Bible Basics: Why Does the Bible Look the Way It Does?” Bible Odyssey, n.d. http://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/tools/bible-basics/why-does-the-bible-look-the-way-it-does.
- deSilva, David. The Apocrypha. Core Biblical Studies. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2012.
- Harrelson, Walter J., ed. The New Interpreter’s Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003.
- Kolarcik, Michael. “The Book of Wisdom” in The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary; Volume VI: Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith; 1 & 2 Maccabees; Book of Wisdom; Sirach; Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel; Additions to Daniel. Abingdon Press, 2015.
- Luther Seminary. “Enter the Bible,” n.d. http://www.enterthebible.org/.
- Rettig, Hillary. The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way. New York, NY: Lantern Books, 2006.
- Rettig, Hillary. “The Value of Time” in The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way. New York, NY: Lantern Books, 2006. http://lifelongactivist.com/part-ii-managing-your-time/1-the-value-of-time/
- Thomas, John L. “Joy for the Whole World” in 2018 Advent Devotional. Tulsa: Phillips Seminary, 2018. http://ptstulsa.edu/Advent2018