Research Repository

University Crest

The Getting of Wisdom: Reflections on the Impossible Dream of Ministerial Formation

Rees, Frank D. (2009) The Getting of Wisdom: Reflections on the Impossible Dream of Ministerial Formation. In: Together in Ministry: Essays in honour of John Paver. Uniting Academic Press, Melbourne, pp. 61-74. ISBN 9780980580310


Download (1MB)


This article explores the concept of wisdom in the Biblical traditions, recognizing an ambiguous attitude towards wisdom. There is perhaps a wisdom in knowing the limits of wisdom. What then might it mean to learn to read scripture in a way that enables a growth in wisdom? The hermeneutical principle proposed by James McClendon is discussed, followed by an exploration of how we might learn from experience, especially through the quality of our respectful listening. This in turn leads to the kind of insight and understanding which both knows and knows the limits of our knowing.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Wisdom, reading scripture, insight, ministerial formation
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
D - Pastoral Studies
B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Dr Frank Rees
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 23:53
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 23:08
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/713

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...