By Michael Martin
Sophiology--the philosophical and theological concept of a transcendent elegance changing into immanent on the earth, via nature, liturgy, prayer, and the arts--is simply now entering its personal as an enormous region of research. This innovative casebook brings jointly fundamental resource records, poetry, and important articles written by means of a bunch of exemplary students operating in theology, philosophy, literary reviews, psychology, and poetics. participants contain Bruce Foltz, Gregory Glazov, Jennifer Newsome Martin, Michael Martin, Aaron Riches, Brent Dean Robbins, Artur Sebastian Rosman, Fr. Robert Slesinski, and Arthur Versluis.
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Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give an occasion to a wise man, and wisdom shall be added to him. Teach a just man, and he shall make haste to receive it. 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is prudence. 11 For by me shall thy days be multiplied, and years of life shall be added to thee. 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be so to thyself: and if a scorner, thou alone shalt bear the evil. 13 A foolish woman and clamorous, and full of allurements, and knowing nothing at all, 14 Sat at the door of her house, upon a seat, in a high place of the city, 15 To call them that pass by the way, and go on their journey: 16 He that is a little one, let him turn to me.
Reprinted by permission of Enitharmon Press. “The Tutelar of the Place” by David Jones, from Agenda (1963). Reprinted by permission of Agenda Poetry. “Rivers,” translated by Renata Gorczynski and Robert Hass, and “Rivers” (prose poem), translated by Czelaw Milosz and Robert Hass, by Czeslaw Milosz, from New and Collected Poems: 1931–2001. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, copyright © 2003. “The Heavenly Country” from The Convections by Robert Kelly. Reprinted by permission of Black Sparrow Books, an imprint of David R.
What makes this all the more fascinating is the fact that a number of the Wisdom books—Tobit, Sirach, and Wisdom—were not (and are not) accepted as part of the Protestant canon. Nevertheless, the personification of Wisdom found in Sirach and Wisdom as well as in the more canonical—at least from a Protestant perspective—Proverbs informed early modern Protestant mysticism and mystical philosophy to a significant degree. The selections that follow illustrate, among others, at least two important sophiological notions: 1) that the natural world and natural processes (eros) have an important role in the relationship of the believer to God; and 2) that Wisdom is a person, that Wisdom is personal, and that Wisdom is intimately involved with God, with the natural world, and in human life.