A Biblical Theology of Gerassapience (Studies in Biblical Literature)

A Biblical Theology of Gerassapience (Studies in Biblical Literature)

Joel A. A. Ajayi


old cultures, reminiscent of that of the Hebrews, in most cases linked knowledge with complicated years. In A Biblical Theology of Gerassapience the writer investigates the validity of this correlation via an eclectic procedure - together with linguistic semantic, tradition-historical, and socio-anthropological equipment - to pertinent biblical and extra-biblical texts. There are major adaptations within the estimation of gerassapience (or «old-age wisdom») in every one interval of old Israel’s existence - that's, in pre-monarchical, monarchical, and post-monarchical Israel. all through this examine, acceptable cross-cultural parallels are drawn from the cultures of historic Israel’s associates and of recent societies, equivalent to the West African Yoruba tribe.
the general effects are bi-dimensional. at the one hand, there are semantic components of gerassapience, equivalent to the elusiveness of «wisdom» and the light fluidity of «old age». either phrases have powerful contextual affinity with minimum exceptions. hence, the attribution of knowledge to outdated age is obvious yet no longer absolute within the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). nonetheless, gerassapience is depicted as basically didactic, via direct and oblique directions and counsels of the aged, fostering the saging fear-of-Yahweh legacies. most often, socio-anthropocentric developments of gerassapience (that is, of constructing outdated age a repertoire of knowledge) are checked through theological warrants of theosapience (Yahwistic wisdom). hence, within the Hebrew Bible, the terror of Yahweh can also be the start of getting old and clever.

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