True Wisdom

Book Title: Christeliicken waerseggher : de principale stucken van t'christen geloof en Leuen int cort begrijpende. Met een rolle der deugtsaemheyt daer op dienende. Ende een schildt-wacht teghen de valsche waersegghers, tooueraers, etc. / Deur den e. Heer P. Ioannes David, priester der Societeijt Iesu

Author: David, Jan, 1545?-1613

Image Title: True Wisdom

Description: The image depicts various scholars representing the sum of wordly wisdom - one of whom is stepping into a pit or the grave. In the center, a man kneels prayerfully, with a dove and a stream of light from heaven shining down on him, representing the life of true wisdom. The Latin superscription reads "First wisdom is a praiseworthy life," a quotation from Gregory Nazianzen's Oration 16.2. The caption below reads: "Who surpasses the greatest wise men in the world in understanding? Whoever is good. This wisdom has lasting merit.".

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