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The Pellett-Wearn Lecture Series Presents

The Tree of Life:
Israel’s Sages on the Search for Wisdom

with Dr. Christine Roy Yoder

Sundays at 9:30 am  |  February 26 - March 26, 2023

Dr. Christine Roy Yoder

Christine Roy Yoder received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MDiv and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. A teaching elder in the PC(USA), she serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty and J. McDowell Richards Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She is the author of Wisdom as a Woman of Substance: A Socioeconomic Reading of Proverbs 1-9 and 31:10-31 (De Gruyter) and Proverbs (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary Series), as well as many articles and chapters in books. Christine received a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology (2014-15) to work on her current book Desiring Wisdom: Human Flourishing in Israelite Wisdom Literature (forthcoming from Fortress Press). Christine is on the editorial board of the Biblical Interpretation Series published by Brill, the Common English Bible Translation Board, and is co-chair of the Association of Theological Schools Council on Theological Scholarship and Research. Christine and Reinald, her husband of 32 years, enjoy games, hiking, cooking, gardening, and playing with their 2-year-old puppy, Sophie.


How did ancient Israel understand wisdom? How do the sages describe and motivate the search for it? Why do they consider wisdom vital for the wellbeing of humanity and creation? Through the lens of Proverbs, this study explores ancient Israel’s conceptions of wisdom and the challenges, joys, and urgencies of finding wisdom so that all might flourish.

Past Lectures

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