By Joel A. A. Ajayi
Old cultures, reminiscent of that of the Hebrews, often linked knowledge with complicated years. In A Biblical Theology of Gerassapience the writer investigates the validity of this correlation via an eclectic process - together with linguistic semantic, tradition-historical, and socio-anthropological tools - to pertinent biblical and extra-biblical texts. There are major diversifications within the estimation of gerassapience (or «old-age wisdom») in every one interval of old Israel’s lifestyles - that's, in pre-monarchical, monarchical, and post-monarchical Israel. all through this learn, acceptable cross-cultural parallels are drawn from the cultures of historical Israel’s acquaintances and of contemporary societies, akin to the West African Yoruba tribe.
the final effects are bi-dimensional. at the one hand, there are semantic parts of gerassapience, equivalent to the elusiveness of «wisdom» and the gentle fluidity of «old age». either phrases have robust contextual affinity with minimum exceptions. hence, the attribution of knowledge to previous age is clear yet no longer absolute within the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). nonetheless, gerassapience is depicted as basically didactic, via direct and oblique directions and counsels of the aged, fostering the saging fear-of-Yahweh legacies. more commonly, socio-anthropocentric developments of gerassapience (that is, of constructing previous age a repertoire of knowledge) are checked via theological warrants of theosapience (Yahwistic wisdom). for this reason, within the Hebrew Bible, the terror of Yahweh is additionally the start of ageing and clever.