Worship

Wisdom of Solomon

The author identifies himself as the king of Israel who above all sought wisdom from God in order to rule wisely and well (review Wis Sol. 9:7-12 & 1 Kings 3:9). This clearly implies that Solomon wrote the book. However, the writing style is that of a Hellenestic Jew probably from Alexandria, around the first century BC, when it is believed that the book was translated to Greek.

There are numerous cross-references and quotations from this book in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Our church uses some of its verses in our liturgy:

X  Wis Sol. 2:24 (NRSVA) but through the devilís envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it.