“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” “Many hands make light work.” “Use your head for more than a hat rack.” “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Moms, dads, grandmas, and grandads (and Ben Franklin) have been saying things like that quite literally for millennia. Every culture has collections of adages intended to help people flourish while avoiding life’s pitfalls.

Ancient Israel was no exception. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom, Baruch, Song of Songs, and other biblical books specialize in prudential wisdom, in teaching us how to live wisely. Scholars call these the wisdom books. This week, Dr. Jeremy Holmes discusses how to read, study, and understand wisdom literature in his lecture “Living the Good Life: The Wisdom Books.”

REMINDER: For those who would like to catch up on past lectures, they can be found HERE.