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In the last few years the significance and importance of sages in Israel and earliest Christianity have impressed themselves upon me. The value of sages cannot be overestimated in our culture. More of that some day, but not today.
A good question might be asked what difference they make? What is the sage? What does the sage provide?
Glenn - Pembertson - Book - Wisdom - A
In Glenn Pembertson’s new and wise book on wisdom, A Life That Is Good, three classes or groups of leaders and speakers and Word-of-God communicators are sketched: Priests, prophets and sages.
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A summary conclusion:
So, where do they get their knowledge?
Source - Sage - Wisdom - Prophets - Priests
What is the source of a sage’s wisdom? Unlike prophets or priests, sages derive their understanding of God and life with God from what they see or experience, as well as what others have seen and experienced. They accept these insights as normative or God-given, just as a prophet regards a vision or a priest regards Torah to be God’s message.
If all priests are males and most prophets are males, Sages are otherwise:
Nature - Sage - Insight - Door - Anyone
The nature of a sage’s insight opens the door for anyone to become a sage, or as we will see, anyone may walk in the path of wisdom: male, female, old, young, rich, poor, royalty, or servant (Prov. 1:20-21; 8:1-5; 9:1-6). Because wisdom is a matter of human observation, wisdom also stretches across national boundaries to include non-Israelites (see 30:1; 31:1). And in harmony with this source of knowledge and understanding, the object of concern for a sage, as opposed to prophets and priests, is common life-daily living when we are away from worship and life beyond or outside the guidance of the covenant.
… all aspects of daily life lived before God or, in other words, how to live a life that is good.
Wisdom - Hokmah - Skill
Wisdom (hokmah) is both a skill in...
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