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The Seven Pillars of CreationThe Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder$
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William P. Brown

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.001.0001

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Wisdom’s World

Wisdom’s World

Cosmos as Playhouse in Proverbs 8:22–31

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(p.161) 7 Wisdom’s World
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The Seven Pillars of Creation
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William P. Brown (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.003.0007

Creation according to Wisdom is this chapter’s focus. Proverbs 8:22-31 marks the climax of Wisdom’s discourse, whose aim is to establish her preeminent authority and status. In this text, Wisdom is figured as a growing, playing child. Whereas the rest of creation is constructed by God, Wisdom herself is given birth. On the one hand, creation is made secure by God for the sake of Wisdom’s flourishing. On the other hand, creation is the object and arena of Wisdom’s play. Science, indeed, reveals a playfulness about physical reality, whether it is the interaction of gravity and dark matter on the cosmic scale, or the quirkiness of subatomic particles on the quantum level. Wisdom’s growth in creation, moreover, mirrors human growth in wisdom. The science of human development underscores the role of play, including the playful interactions between mother and infant, in the development of learning.

Keywords:   wisdom, play, instruction, birth, quantum, gravity, dark matter, mother, child, learning, Proverbs

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