Bible crossword puzzle: Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Song of Songs

Word puzzle on the Old Testament

Draws on material in chapters 11 and 12 of Discovering the Bible by Alex Varughese, a textbook for Introduction to Biblical Literature

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Bible reading for this assignment: Job 1-7, 38, 40-42; Ecclesiastes 1-3, 12; Proverbs 1-8, 15, 31; Song of Solomon 1, 8

Challenge: Can you solve this puzzle even if you do not have the book by Varughese?

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This crossword puzzle was created for use in the course Introduction to Biblical Literature. The words and clues come from the textbook Discovering the Bible: Story and Faith of the Biblical Communities edited by Alex Varughese and published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, now The Foundry Publishing.

    -- Howard Culbertson.

Explanation of the Old Testament's "Wisdom Literature"

Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament encompasses several books, including Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Psalms and Song of Solomon. It's characterized by its focus on philosophical reflections, moral teachings, and practical advice for living a wise and righteous life. Unlike historical narratives or prophetic writings, Wisdom Literature doesn't primarily concern itself with recounting events or delivering prophecies but rather with exploring the complexities of human existence, the nature of God, and the pursuit of wisdom. These texts offer insights into the nature of virtue, the consequences of both wise and foolish actions, and the enigmatic realities of suffering and the human condition. Through proverbial sayings, allegorical narratives, and reflective poetry, Wisdom Literature aims to guide readers towards understanding and living in accordance with divine wisdom and righteousness.

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