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"Wisdom" (Philosophy) in the Holy Bible

Title"Wisdom" (Philosophy) in the Holy Bible
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1972
AuthorsYarn, Jr, David H.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsPhilosophy; Wisdom

Assuming the author has not missed his count, the word wisdom appears 180 times in the Old Testament and 53 times in the New Testament, for a total of 233 times in the Bible. (Prima facie, this may suggest that wisdom, as reflected by the frequency of the use of that word, was of greater concern to the writers of the Old Testament than to the writers of the New Testament; but in view on the relative sizes of the two testaments in one of the author’s Bibles, the word wisdom appears on the average of every 6.2 pages in the Old Testament and once every 6.4 pages in the New Testament.) By far the most frequent use of the word wisdom is in the book of Proverbs, where it appears 54 times; that is one more time than it appears in the entire New Testament. Of the books of the New Testament, wisdom appears with the greatest frequency in 1 Corinthians—18 times.