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Author: Peter Milward

Category: History, Philosophy, Geography, Religion
Number of pages: 120
Size: A5

Language: English



Book Summary

The Wisdom of the Old Testament In Western culture there are two kinds of wisdom intertwined. One is the wisdom of the Greeks, based on the knowledge of oneself as Man, and centering on the name of Socrates. The other is the wisdom of the Jews, based on the fear of God as the beginning of wisdom. This is to be found in all the writings of the Old Testament, in the books of Moses and the prophets, but especially in the sapiential writings, centering on the name of Solomon. In these writings, one even finds the personification of Wisdom, or Sophia (in Greek), now as a divine attribute, now as a lady, now even as a baby, delighting in the works of God. For Christians this is all fulfilled in the person of Jesus and in his mother Mary.

Author Profile

Peter Milward was born in London on October 12, 1925, and educated at Wimbledon College (a Jesuit high school). He entered the Society of Jesus in 1943, and after various studies he went on to specialize in the Classics and English at Oxford University. He came to Japan in 1954 and after further studies was ordained priest in 1960. From 1962 onwards he has taught English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo. In addition to founding the Renaissance Institute, the Hopkins Society of Japan and the Chesterton Society of Japan, he has published some 400 books, mostly as textbooks for Japanese students, many of them translated into Japanese, but now most of them out of print. Several of his books, especially those on the drama of Shakespeare and the poetry of Hopkins, have been published in England and America. Even in retirement he is still teaching and writing, as he enters his 88th year (or beiju).

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