The Fear of the Lord is Wisdom

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Dates: Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April

Location: Christ College, 1 Clarence Street Burwood NSW 2134

Lecturer: Tremper Longman III

Some Words from Tremper

“I have made three teaching trips to Australia over my career and have enjoyed everyone of them. While these trips have taken me to Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth once each, I have been to Sydney three times. I love all four cities, and Sydney I believe is one of the most beautiful and interesting in the whole world. Even though I work pretty hard on these trips, I usually get an opportunity to sightsee, see friends, and (since I am an opera buff) go to the Sydney Opera House. My wife and I went to hear the Barber of Seville and more recently when I was there on my own, I saw Rigoletto. Of course, I most of all appreciate getting an inside look at what is going on in the church in Australia. I learn a lot myself from my students and my colleagues as I move out of my own cultural bubble.”

“I love teaching College students because they are intelligent and eager to learn more about the Bible. I am excited to teach the book of Proverbs to College students because this book intends to make us wise, and in my opinion Christians, particularly leaders in the church, need wisdom more today than ever. Wisdom has three different levels or components in the Bible that really interlock with each other. Wisdom is a skill of living, an ability to navigate life. The wise person knows how to say the right thing at the right time, do the right thing at the right time, and express the proper emotion for a situation. The wise not only knows how to read Scripture, but also the cultural context and the people with whom they interact. Proverbs wants to help us become “emotionally intelligent” in these ways. But wisdom is more than this type of practical skill of living. There is also an ethical component. The wise person is a righteous person and Proverbs wants to shape our character by directing us to godly habits. Proverbs also makes it perfectly clear that wisdom is most fundamentally theological. After all, the book opens with perhaps its most well known statement: “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7). One can’t be truly wise without having the proper relationship with the true God of the universe.”

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