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Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible Paperback – August 1, 2016
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Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD, is associate professor of history at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. His articles have appeared in Catholic Historical Review, Church History, Cristianesimo nella storia, Revue d'histoire eccl siastique, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, and other journals. Dr. Bellitto has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and The News Hour; on many radio stations; and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The International Herald Tribune among others.
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Drawing from the Book of Job and the figure of Elihu, we are asked to consider that wisdom lies with God, and throughout biblical history and into our own time, “…it is the spirit in a mortal, the breath of the Almighty, that makes for understanding. It is not the old that are wise, nor the aged that understand what is right” (Job 32: 8-9; p. 33).
Bellitto’s expertise as a historian shines through “Ageless Wisdom,” drawing on non-biblical sources to understand how the elders in many societies are revered, or not. Reflections on the Greek tradition of reverence for those long in years is presented, contrasted with the Roman tradition that for some, elderly Romans were not full members of society, and for others, their prominence in later years was purely a result of their prowess in their youth. We see the biblical insight that fifty is the age when one’s strength has diminished to the point of no longer being eligible for certain tasks (Numbers 4:3), and Plato’s assertion that sixty is the prime age for someone to be a priest (something that, as a 60-year-old priest, I agree with!)
Dr. Bellitto weaves an interesting discussion into his book reflecting the fullness of time, with numerous references to the historical figures in the Bible attributed with extremely long lives, but holds this in contrast to the premise that understanding – or wisdom – remains “… the key to a full life – be it a life of many years or a life of however many years.” Frequently throughout the chapters, references are made to Pope Francis’ perspective on the value of creating connections between the young and the older generations, with recognition of the role of elders in sharing and teaching the ways of the wise. As he references Francis, “…that reality seems to be that, young or old, the key to pleasing God and gaining wisdom is to follow God’s plan and to ‘see as God sees.’”
I highly recommend this book, for elders and those who are on their way to old age, both from the Christian tradition and other faith perspectives; Bellitto offers useful wisdom, in an easily read book, about the wisdom of the ages.