I. Religious Studies Words for wisdom display a great range of meanings, which need to be taken into account in discussing Wisdom literature. Etymologically the words
wisdom ¶ (also Ger.
Wissen, “knowledge”) derive from the Proto-Indo-European root *
weid- (cf. Sanskrit
vid- with its derivatives
veda, “[religious] knowledge,” and
vidya, “knowledge”; also Lat.
videre, “see”). Gk γνῶσις/
gnṓsis, “knowledge” (including the technical term Gnosis), Sanskrit
jñāna-, “knowledge,” and Eng.
know have a common verbal root *
ə)-. Equivalents to the Heb. verb םכ…