"“...a detailed exegesis of each of the wisdom books in the regular canon and the Apocrypha, followed by an explanation of Kierkegaard’s thinking..."

Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher whose mid-1800s writings were based on a personal belief in biblical Christianity. His works are also linked to the early roots of the 1940s and 50s existentialism movement. After a brief visit to Berlin to study Hegel’s philosophy, Kierkegaard returned to Copenhagen and lived the life of a celibate writer. "The Communist Manifesto" appeared in his lifetime, troubling Europeans. He resisted its claims via published pamphlets until he died in 1855. Because his writings were controversial in his day, Kierkegaard used many pseudonyms. The author suggests this to be in line with Jesus’ use of parables to teach. Kierkegaard’s greatest work, Fear and Trembling, was written under the pen name of “Johannes De Silento” or Silent John (a Grimm’s fairy tale character who warned the king of three dangers). This book considers Jesus’ statement “I am the truth” and discusses the source of passion, which forces a person to make the right choice and gain liberty.

Johnston taught English as a foreign language in the Middle East and Scandinavia. His gifts as a linguist have enabled him to evaluate the intricate works of Kierkegaard. Skillfully, the author compares and contrasts Kierkegaard’s understanding of biblical viewpoints, especially those in King Solomon’s triad, with Greek theologians and well-known European psychologists. Johnston’s research is extensive, including brief biographies and pictures of other illustrious thinkers. The author uses a bibliography cross-referenced to citations within the text. There is also a comprehensive glossary and an index. Johnston’s chief audience is likely pastors or ministers, and possibly academics, who want a better grasp of the significance of the philosopher’s writings. The scripture quotations stem from several versions of the Bible, including the KJV, the Revised English Bible with Apocrypha, the New International Version, and the NET Bible.

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