Why is wisdom personified as a woman in the book of Proverbs? An essay.

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I wrote this essay as part of my BA in Theology and Ministry. Having studied Classical Civilisation for my first degree I have really enjoyed Old Testament studies here at college and in particular writing this essay. I wouldn’t normally put this on my blog but I think I intrigued people by tweeting:

So, in response to people’s requests here it is in full below.

The essay question was:

Describe and evaluate the significance of the female personification of wisdom in Proverbs.

The Briggate Minerva - statue at the new Trinity Centre, Leeds. Minerva is the goddess of wisdom.

The Briggate Minerva – statue at the new Trinity Centre, Leeds. Minerva is the goddess of wisdom.

A related sermon I preached on Proverbs 31 is here.

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