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Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom
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In the early Jesus movement, wisdom in the person of Jesus was believed to have returned to heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, and to reign from there. But Jesus as wisdom had left both his legacy and his influence behind. The sayings of Jesus recorded in the Gospels reflect not only the influence of the Israelite wisdom traditions, but also the tradition of the personification of wisdom.
In this provocative volume, Ben Witherington provides both an introduction to Israel's wisdom traditions and insight into how Jesus and his sayings fit in that tradition. Beyond this, he demonstrates the on-going significance and influence of these traditions on other New Testament writings. He concludes that Jesus may be viewed primarily as a prophetic sage emphasizing instruction, insight, and humor in a vein counter to the dominant culture.
"Ben Witherington has written what is not only an extremely learned and fundamental book but one that is of theological importance as well. He offers much essential information on the sapiential background of ancient Jewish wisdom and the Jesus tradition that was influential in the shaping of earliest Christology. He coffects misguided opinions and leads us into the heart of the teachings of Jesus. He thereby contributes to our knowledge of earliest Christian thought, its Jewish background as well as its creative and innovative identity."
"Witherington's study makes a major contribution to the ongoing scholarly efforts to comprehend the person and work of Jesus. Extensive research and clarity of style characterize the whole presentation. The work is fresh, thorough, and convincing. Jesus the Sage is Witherington's finest achievement to date."
Marion L. Soards
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About the Author
Ben Witherington is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of two other contributions to the Third Quest: The Christology of Jesus and Jesus the Sage.
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