Wisdom Literature Survey
Wisdom Literary Genre is found outside of Biblical authors. Ancient Near East teachers/scribes were regularly supported by royalty to compile wisdom literature. Wisdom literature, strictly speaking, is all about responsible, practical, successful living; not IQ, history, theology, or theory. Proverbs in particular show us that things can be godly without being religious.
Abuses of Wisdom Literature
Using bits when the whole context was intended.
Misunderstanding wisdom terms. Example: “Fool” does not mean uneducated; it is used to mean “infidel” – a person who lives only on selfish whims with no respect for authority or counsel.
Misunderstanding the line of argument. Example: most of Job is the conversation of wrong ideology.