In their foundational Old Testament textbook Old Testament Today, they explain the category covers such things as scientific knowledge, philosophy, politics, and law. While the Bible declares that the foundation of "wisdom" is the "fear of the Lord,” they ask, "Does this suggest that none of those disciplines could be successfully engaged without fear of the Lord?" (324)
As they explain in the excerpt below, the key to “wisdom” is worldview integration.
In the ancient world, order was a prime value, and wisdom was seen as the path toward understanding and preserving that order. “The people of the day wanted their worldview to fit together like a puzzle...They saw the fear of the Lord as the keystone to this integration process.” (326)
Read the rest of the excerpt for a helpful introduction into OT wisdom literature.
-Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)