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19 Wisdom Literature B306

Course Description

This course will take the student through the exegesis of several types of Psalms, and Proverbs, an overview of Ecclesiastes, and an emphasis on Job. The historical, theological and sociological backgrounds will be covered as part of the exegesis. The book of Job will be emphasized.

Course Rational

This course allows a student to handle the range of genre covered by wisdom literature. These types of literature are more difficult to interpret correctly because the contexts are not obvious. Enabling the student to correctly identify context and intention of the author will enable more accurate preaching and teaching.   Also, these sections contain prophecies that have been clearly identified as messianic. Helping a student handle both the immediate (at the time of writing) and the prophetic contexts of those passages is important.   Job is covered because the problem of pain or evil in the context of the goodness of God is a common question.


Program Outcomes from APR SOO


CN-1 Ability to describe the basic story of the Bible.

CN-2 Ability to describe the basic content of the Old Testament, identify the principal people and events and their roles in Old Testament history.

CN-4 Ability to demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of biblical interpretation.

CN-5 Ability to identify and explain the main characteristics of the theological foundations of Christianity.

CN-6 Ability to explain how the theological foundations of Christianity proceed from Scriptures.


CP-1 Ability to communicate effectively in writing with cultural relevance.

CP-2 Ability to communicate effectively orally with cultural relevance.

CP-3 Ability to prepare Biblical messages for effective and sound Bible preaching.

CP-4 Ability to teach the Word of God.

CP-5 Ability to plan, participate in, and guide others in worship.


CH-1 Ability to take responsibility for one’s own spiritual growth with the goal of becoming like Christ.

CH-2 Ability to find, understand and utilize resources for one’s own spiritual growth in prayer, Bible study, and personal devotion.

CH-3 Ability to practice personal Christian ethics in faithful stewardship, in personal relationships, and in finances.

CH-4 Ability to teach and model sexual purity.

CH-5 Ability to demonstrate oneself consistently in public Christian ethics, in decision making, and in conducting oneself as a Christian in a pagan society.

CH-6 Ability to give value to the interrelated aspects (ethical, personal, social, and environmental) in the development of persons in any social structure.


CX-2 Ability to identify in current events some main trends in science, politics, and civil education.

CX-3 Ability to apply this current information to the ministries of the Church.

CX-4 Basic ability to analyze and describe communities and churches.

CX-5 Basic ability to identify elements of culture.

CX-7 Ability to distinguish between world views – Local, Biblical, and Western.


Assessment and Evaluation


Primary Course Outcomes

 Counsel / Listen

Demonstrate how to express his/her feeling appropriately in situations like accidents, tragedies, loss of a family, losing jobs, etc. (in difficult life situations) CH-9 CON

Demonstrate the ability to listen to others. He/she must practice active listening skills so that he/she can grasp the core problem or issues of the person they are talking with. CP-15 CON

Dealing Biblically with the Spirit World.

Clearly explain the Biblical understanding of the spirit world. CN-60 DBS

Identify clear Biblical passages appropriate to responding to the spirit world that does not involve proof texting. CN-12 DBS


The student will model spiritual disciplines to their small group and others including: prayer, devotional reading, fasting, solitude, public worship and others. CH-19 DIS

Additional Course Outcomes


The student will explain how people come to Christ using a wide pattern of experiences. CP-44 EVA


Develop a plan to lead the church into healthy fasting understanding and practices. CP-50 FAS

Impact Community

The student will demonstrate involvement in the community. CX-8 ICO


Demonstrate how to help a person understand how to live in God’s will for their lives. CP-85 MIN


Demonstrate 5 different ways to properly organize / deliver a sermon for a culturally appropriate length of time. CP-90 PRE

Explain how to use a culturally appropriate illustration that actually supports the point that the sermon is making. CX-12 PRE

Explain the theological reasons for God using preaching as the means to deliver the message of salvation.   CN-42 PRE


Outcomes by Total and Percentage

Content 9 32%
Competency 9 32%
Character 3 11%
Context 7 25%



1. Reading Journal

Reading through Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job, the student will journal their observations.

2. Teamwork

Students will be grouped into teams of 3 and if necessary one additional team of 4.   These teams will work together the whole time during the class from the beginning to the last day. Teams will be used for exegesis and for various projects. When working on an exegesis project, the list of questions for each passage will be provided to the team by the teacher. Each team will start and end their work with prayer, then answer questions about the assigned passage one student after the other each in turn. Each team member will answer one of the questions and then pass on to the next team member. Team members will rotate reporting results to the class or other teams.

3. Book Study

Teams answer extensive questions about the assigned passages. Passages will be small enough for the team to work through the answers within 15 to 20 minutes. The length of passages will depend on the education level of the students and their experience in reading.   Non-literate students can listen to the passage read and then begin the process of answering questions. If the teams are slow in answering the questions, the teacher will have the teams answer fewer of the questions per scripture in each session, and then ask the remaining questions about the same passage in the following section.   This way, the students learn to answer ALL the questions about a passage before moving on to the next passage.   The teacher will restrict their model answers to the number of questions that the teams were able to answer. A single team lagging by one or two questions should not slow the class.   The teacher will make the judgement based on the overall ability to respond and adjust accordingly.   It is expected that the range of answers from the teams will cover the possible answers.

4. Book Summary
Writing summary outlines of each book, individual basis,
5. Summary of Job
Each student tells the summary story of Job to the class or a small group.
6. Sermon Preparation

Each student will prepare a student based on the teachings found in a passage from the Wisdom Literature. The sermon will be graded on how well it calls listeners to make changes in their lives today in response to the teaching found in a passage from the Wisdom Literature.

7. Lesson Preparation
The student will create a lesson based on the Wisdom Literature. The student will name the age group for the lesson, the main point for the lesson, the teaching methods used in the lesson, and the way the students are expected to respond to the lesson.
8. Community Project
The students will work in groups of at least 2 but not more than 8 people to develop and implement a project for their community that is based on some part of what they have learned from these books.   Projects should be less than 1 months but more than 2 days in length. This can be done before, during or after the class depending on the way the class is presented. Students will present a proposal to the teacher for approval and report on the progress of the project 1 month after it starts. Credit is given for implementation rather than specific results.   If possible the projects will be shared with the class.



Class Outline

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