Q. I was equally pleased to see you discuss Wisdom of Solomon in connect with Paul’s Christology, as I had done in my Jesus the Sage volume. Christ takes the role previously predicated of Wisdom in that interesting book (see also e.g. 1 Cor. 10). He doesn’t merely embody wisdom in the abstract, he is God’s Wisdom come in person. Why do you think otherwise well grounded Biblical exegetes so often push back against this line of thinking to this very day?
A. I think the problem was partly in that our late lamented friend Jimmy Dunn said, in effect, ‘Wisdom Christology therefore not fully divine, but just a glorified human’ – and many have reacted strongly against that. I have tried to show, here and elsewhere, how wrong that line is – and how wrong the reaction is. But this is an ongoing debate between friends . . .