The Library Basement
Reading under ground

Solomon and quantum mechanics

Wisdom of Solomon 7:17:

For it is [God] who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements;

The hubris of this passage was amusing to me. It shows that in a pre-scientific society, the king really could boast that he knew everything.

(The author goes on to unpack what this knowledge consists of in the subsequent verses: namely solar cycles, constellations, animal behavior, "the powers of spirits", psychology, and botany.)

The Wisdom of Solomon has been a fairly good read at the opening. I'll share a couple more gems, starting with 1:11:

Beware then of useless grumbling, and keep your tongue from slander; because no secret word is without result, and a lying mouth destroys the soul.

And the author makes space for godly childlessness in 3:13 and following:

For blessed is the barren woman who is undefiled . . . she will have fruit when God examines souls. Blessed also is the eunuch whose hands have done no lawless deed . . .

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Better than this is childlessness with virtue, for in the memory of virtue is immortality, because it is known both by God and by mortals.

It is good to be back in the regimen of reading through the apocrypha after a lot of disruption.