March 24, 25 & 26

Seeking Wisdom
A Study of Proverbs

Christine Roy Yoder
Professor of Old  Testament Language, Literature, &  Exegesis
Columbia Theological Seminary

Fellowship Hall

The wisdom literature of ancient Israel (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes) invites us into the perennial and pressing conversation about what is good and wise in life.

  • How do we discern right from wrong in a world of complex and competing claims?
  • What values do we treasure and why?
  • What makes for just communities and strong families?
  • What cultivates empathy and motivates acts of kindness?
  • How do we understand money, the power of speech, the realities of suffering, and the inevitability of death?
  • And how do we teach it all to our children?

Through the lens of the book of Proverbs, this Lenten study explores how the ancient Israelite sages wrestled with such questions, the formation of moral character, and what it means to “fear the Lord.”


  • Sunday, March 24
    • 9:45 am-10:45 am:  Got wisdom? What is it?
    • 6:00 pm:  Reception
    • 6:30 pm-8:15 pm:   Finding Wisdom’s Paths: Orientation to the Book of Proverbs
  • Monday, March 25
    • 7:00 pm:  Reception
    • 7:30 pm-9:15 pm: A Parent’s Attempt (Proverbs 1-9)
  • Tuesday, March 26
    • 7:00 pm:  Reception
    • 7:30 pm-9:15 pm: Crossing the Threshold and Into the World (Proverbs 10-31)

Our Speaker:  Christine Roy Yoder received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MDiv and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. A teaching elder in the PC(USA), she serves as Professor of Old  Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She is the author of Wisdom as a Woman of Substance: A Socioeconomic Reading of Proverbs 1-9 and 31:10-31 (De Gruyter, 2001) and Proverbs (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series, 2009), as well as many articles and chapters in books. Christine received a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology (2014-15) to work on her current book, tentatively titled Contours  of Desire in Israelite Wisdom Literature (Baylor University Press).  Other forthcoming projects include a commentary on Ruth for the Illuminations commentary series (Eerdmans), and a commentary on Esther for the Old Testament Library Series (Westminster John Knox). Christine is on the editorial board of the Biblical Interpretation Series published by Brill and the Common English Bible Translation Board.

Christine Yoder suggested if everyone wanted to prepare for the series they should try to read the Book of Proverbs before Lenten Studies. You may also want to watch the Bible Project film on Proverbs (and the other Wisdom Literature films).

Bible Project on Proverbs:

Bible Project on Wisdom Literature:

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