BEING WISE BETWIXT ORDER AND MYSTERY: KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS AND FEARING THE LORD

Hendrik L. Bosman

Abstract


Any attempt to come to grips with ‘the fear of the Lord’ as a key concept for the interpretation of Old Testament wisdom, must appreciate that it is rooted in texts that presuppose an encounter with God that can cause a variety of responses: a feeling of horror or terror; as well as reverent awe that forms the basis of the pious veneration of the Lord in the form of obedience and praise. Although statistical analysis reveals a concentration of occurrences in Deuteronomy (and the so-called Deuteronomistic History), the Psalms and Wisdom literature, it does not presuppose a clear linear development. The theological interpretation of Old Testament wisdom literature must be aware of the ongoing creative tension between order (keeping the commandments) and mystery (fearing the Lord) – as summarized in the conclusion of the Book of Ecclesiastes (12:13).

 

doi: 10.7833/111-1-25


Keywords


Divine Mystery; Fear of God; Old Testament Wisdom; Ecclesiastes 12:13

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/111-0-25

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