Money and the Way of Wisdom: Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs

Date(s) - 03/05/2016
10:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Money and the Way of Wisdom: Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs
Third James R. Reed Seminar on Christian Stewardship
Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Timothy J. Sandoval, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

Stalcup icons_EventThe Book of Proverbs talks about wealth and poverty and the rich and poor more than any other book in the Hebrew Scriptures. Yet far from offering readers a straightforward “guide to success” as is sometimes thought, the way Proverbs uses economic language is considerably more complex. Many lines in the book seem to link wealth with the attainment of wisdom or righteousness and to associate poverty with the way of folly and wickedness. Some verses in Proverbs even appear to “blame the poor” for their poverty. Yet still other lines demand that readers of the book show justice and compassion to the needy and give generously to the poor. What’s more, sometimes Proverbs seems to offer direct instruction about wealth and poverty or the rich and poor while at other moments, and despite the use of such economic language, the book seems to be more concerned with a range of other virtues that were central to the ancient sages’ conception of wisdom. This seminar will briefly describe biblical wisdom literature and then offer a more in depth study of aspects of the Book of Proverbs, focusing especially on what the book has to say about wealth and poverty and the rich and poor.

Timothy J. Sandoval joined the faculty of Brite after having taught 12 years at Chicago Theological Seminary. His research and teaching have focused on questions of biblical interpretation, especially Latino/a biblical hermeneutics, and the study of Israel’s wisdom literature. He is the author of The Discourse of Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs (2006) and Money and the Way of Wisdom: Insights from the Book of Proverbs (2008) as well as a number of scholarly articles. Sandoval completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis, and earned his MDiv degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and the PhD in Hebrew Bible from Emory University.