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Proverbs 8:22 says that Wisdom is created by God. If so, is God without wisdom before he created wisdom?

Other Jewish texts ( though uninspired),also talks about God's wisdom as created by God.

I want to know what is the interpretation of the Hellenistic Jews about Proverbs 8:22.Do these Jews believe that there is a point wherein God is not wise?

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Hmmm. Is Hellenistic Jewish interpretation of scripture on topic? – Double AA May 11 '14 at 1:26
@DoubleAA maybe as a history question? – Monica Cellio May 11 '14 at 2:46

The logic would appear to be that "wisdom" as something that exists within the universe and is knowable by human beings has to be a creation of Hashem. Since Hashem is outside the universe and basically not understandable and knowable by human beings, then "wisdom" as something within the universe has to be created just as the sun, the moon, the stars and the laws of the torah and of nature must be created. Similarly, the acquisition of knowledge means that after people acquire knowledge, they can then acquire wisdom.

What the Hellenists might or might not understand about Hashem does not really matter in this respect. The Hellenist understanding of "gods" is more on the line of superpowerful people with magic powers (such as the Greek myths) rather than our understanding of what Hashem "is". In that respect, Hashem could have created such beings or people could have developed powers that later people thought made them "gods". Just as primitive people regarded the chiefs or shamans of the tribes (or like the Egyptians regarded Par'oh).

This is actually from what I have learned about the pagan myths and the descriptions of the "gods" from the Greek, Norse, and other writings. A typical example would be the Iliad and the description of the actions of the "gods" in the original "beauty" contest that led to it.

Of course more details of this would not really be appropriate for this site.

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So God is not wise? – Double AA May 11 '14 at 3:39
@DoubleAA "wisdom" in this sense is a human trait. We can ascribe human traits to Hashem as an attempt to understand things but it is only a limited attempt. It is also like talking about Hashem's "arm" or "compassion" or any other trait that we try to understand. – sabbahillel May 11 '14 at 14:15

Wisdom is created by Him after acquisition of knowledge.

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If God acquires knowledge, where did God acquire knowledge? Where does God get knowledge? :-) – Radz Matthew Brown May 10 '14 at 13:02
Where does Hashem acquire anything? This seems unnecessary for a site like this isn't this more of a theological slant as opposed to Torah? – evan aviel May 10 '14 at 20:34
I don't understand this answer. @evanaviel Where Hashem acquires things from would seem on topic here. – Double AA May 11 '14 at 1:28
@DoubleAA I would guess that evan aviel is alluding to the order of emanation of the sefirot. (Keter Elyon, Hokhmah, Binah, etc.) I would phrase it that Wisdom was created from the Ein Sof (the unknowable) just as all the other attributes of G-d were. – Mike May 11 '14 at 11:36

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