Illuminate: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job

Illuminate: Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Job
Three Ways of Wisdom
Barclay Press
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Three Ways of Wisdom

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job pass along ancient insight to subsequent generations. These books of wisdom help readers consider life’s big questions of meaning, purpose, and the existence of suffering. Readers are encouraged to grow in wisdom and to avoid folly, and there's a promise offered—that by seeking wisdom, we will be guided into righteousness. This path is not free from suffering, but God is present, and we can find joy in the moments we have. Journey through these books to discover three aspects of biblical wisdom, and reflect on how God is leading you in the way of wisdom today.



  1. Introduction to Wisdom Literature (Proverbs 1:1–7; A Selection of “Better Than” Sayings)

  2. Introduction to Proverbs (Proverbs 2:1–11; 19:8–20)

  3. Lady Wisdom and Wise Women (Proverbs 8:22–31; 31:10–31)

  4. Sayings and Friendship (Proverbs 17:1–12; selections from Proverbs 12–27)

  5. Introduction to Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 2:18–26; 8:10–17)

  6. Finding Meaning in Suffering (Ecclesiastes 6:1–8; 7:1–4, 15–20; 9:1–2)

  7. Times and Seasons (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8; 12:1–8)

  8. Wisdom, Limitation, and How to Live (Proverbs 3:13–20; 8:4–9; Ecclesiastes 1:12–18)

  9. Introduction to Job (Selections from Job 2, 3, 7, 9, 19, 23, 28, 29, and 42)

10. The Framing of Job (Job 1:6–12; 42:7–17)

11. Job and His Friends (Job 2:11–13; 4:7–17; 35:1–6, 10–16)

12. Suffering in Job (Job 3:1–10; 13:23–24; 31:1–8)

13. The Whirlwind: Job and God (Job 30:16–28; 38:39–39:8)



Phil Baisley

Cherice Bock
Elena Bohlander
Ben Brazil
Marie Christ
Travis Hartman
Vivek A. Solanky
Natalia Taylor Bowdoin
Eric Muhr



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