by Jeff Strite

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Is There Wisdom in Wisdom? (1 of 5)
Series: There Ain't Nothing Better
Jeff Strite
Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:16

The average public library has between 10,000 to 15,000 books on its shelves.

During the War of 1812 (between England and America), the British invaded Washington D.C. and burnt much of it to the ground… including the Library of Congress with its 30,000 books. After the war was over, Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson's personal library - 6487 books - to restart that library.
Nearly 6500 books.
That's a lot of books for one man to own.

But those collections pale in comparison to that of Abdul Kassem Ismael in the 10th century. He was the grand-vizier of Persia - and a very wealthy and educated man - and he had a library that consisted of 117,000 volumes (more likely scrolls rather than the bound books we have today).
Abdul loved his books so much that even when he traveled (and he traveled a lot) he never parted with them.
How did he do that? Well, he used about 400 camels which were loaded with his library, and these camels that were trained to walk in alphabetical order so that he could obtain the volumes he wished at a moment's notice.
(Readers' Digest, June 1981, p. 16)

Down through the ages, knowledge and wisdom have been highly prized by civilized men. And the mark of wisdom - for many people - has been the number of books they possessed.

But Solomon's wisdom wasn't measured by the number of books he owned.
His wisdom was measured by how much he wrote… and how much he knew.

According to I Kings 4:
''He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five.
He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.
From all nations people came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.'' I Kings 4:32-34

Amongst those ...

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