Wisdom of Solomon 7:29


27 Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; 28 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. 29 She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, 30 for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

Ambrose On the Duty of the Clergy 2.13


64 Is there any one who would like to be beautiful in face and at the same time to have its charm spoilt by a beast-like body and fearful talons? Now the form of virtues is so wonderful and glorious, and especially the beauty of wisdom, as the whole of the Scriptures tell us. For it is more brilliant than the sun, and when compared with the stars far outshines any constellation. Night takes their light away in its train, but wickedness cannot overcome wisdom.

 Notes and References

"... Since there was uncertainty about which books should be in and which should be out, it is also possible that during this time some would have considered other books, such as the ones now called apocryphal and pseudepigraphal, to have been “sacred writings.” We know this is the case at Qumran, where books like Jubilees and Enoch were treated as authoritative scripture, and some works scholars have called “rewritten scripture” were likely produced to replace biblical books. As we noted already, the writer of the late first-century Jewish apocalypse found in 2 Esdras 3-14 (and also called 4 Ezra) claimed there were many more writings that at least some Jews considered to have been useful for the same purposes for which Timothy was encouraged. This period of textual plurality and openness with regard to the boundaries of scripture means that it is even likely the earliest Christians considered books like the Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus [Sirach] as part of the “sacred writings” useful for Christian formation ..."

Law, Timothy Michael When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible (p. 90) Oxford University Press, 2013

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