Doesn't that imply that you have to know the truth before you can find it in the bible?
To me it does anyway.
When it comes down to it, the only times we recognize wisdom in books are the times when we read something that is akin to our own experience.
Not to me. Reading simply adds information to your brain and the bible is no different. Its full of information. So is a Stephen King novel. The wisdom doesn't come from pulling truth or fiction from the text, it comes from being able to use all the knowledge your brain assimilates to cognitively learn. It is my theory that humans' differences of beliefs revolve simply around the different information we've assimilated.
What I was implying was that the bible has some philosophical tidbits in it from which we can learn, but without wisdom its a dangerous tool in the hands of a staunch believer. However, in the hands of a "wise" individual, the tidbits gleaned from the text can be important to how he/she lives. It doesn't even matter WHICH tidbits they gleaneth; wisdom is different to everyone. Its no different than reading a Stephen King novel. We learn from the text and the picture it draws.
In that manner, I can see your argument when you say, " the only times we recognize wisdom in books are the times when we read something that is akin to our own experience, " however I would modify that. I would say that the truly wise recognize wisdom when they read it and eschew the BS. If someone reads the bible without using wisdom to temper the info their brain absorbs they are in mortal danger of becoming a fundamentalist. In that instance they have eschewed the truth in favor of the BS.