The Wisdom Literature

Interpreting Biblical Texts Series
Author: Richard J. Clifford
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426750013
Category: Religion
Page: 141
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In this volume, Richard J. Clifford seeks to make the biblical wisdom literature intelligible to modern readers. It is easy to quote the occasional proverb, say a few things about "the problem of evil" in Job, or quote "vanity of vanities, " but far more rewarding to read the whole book with an appreciative and informed eye. Opening chapters of The Wisdom Literature comment on the striking similarities between ancient and modern "wisdom literature" and on the comparable literature from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan. Thereafter, a chapter is devoted to each biblical wisdom book (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Sirach, and Wisdom of Solomon), studying not only its content but also its rhetoric -- how it engages the reader.

SCM Core Text: Wisdom Literature


Author: Alastair Hunter
Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 0334040159
Category: Religion
Page: 302
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This textbook is aimed at undergraduates on level two or three courses relating to Old Testament Wisdom literature. The book begins with a consideration of what the term 'wisdom literature' means in Hebrew usage, and also examines which biblical materials might properly be classified as belonging to the category of wisdom literature. The cultural and political context of ancient Israel is examined, together with an analysis of the key problem of whether or not there were any practical levels of literacy in the period in question. The middle section of the book looks in more depth at those books considered to contain 'wisdom literature': Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus. The genre is characterised by praise of God, often in poetic form and by sayings of wisdom intended to teach about God and about virtue. Questions of authorship, editing, interpretation, the historical context of some of the writings, the book's major themes and sub-themes and the latest criticisms of each are laid out for discussion and analysis. The book is written with the undergraduate in mind, and is full of pedagogical features including tables and summaries of data, which allows for a more intensive agenda and for those with knowledge of classical Hebrew to pursue individual themes at greater depth

Wisdom Literature

A Theological History
Author: Leo G. Perdue
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp
ISBN: 0664229190
Category: Religion
Page: 415
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The Old Testament's wisdom literature offers one of the most intriguing collections of biblical books (Proverbs, Job, the Psalms about Torah and wisdom, Ecclesiastes, Qoheleth, Ben Sira, and the Wisdom of Solomon). In this magisterial textbook, preeminent wisdom scholar Leo G. Perdue sets each book of wisdom in its historical context, examining the conditions that produced the book and shaped its thinking. This allows him to show how wisdom thought changed over time in response to shifting historical and social conditions. In addition to analyzing the historical setting of wisdom, Perdue discerns the theological themes and theological developments within this rich literature.

Babylonian Wisdom Literature


Author: Wilfred G. Lambert
Publisher: Eisenbrauns
ISBN: 9780931464942
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 358
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In Babylonian studies 'Wisdom' is used to cover a group of texts similar in scope to the Biblical Wisdom books: discussions on the problem of suffering, teaching on the good life, fables or contest literature, and proverbs. These texts are not only of considerable literary merit, but are also of great importance to all students of the ancient Near East as revealing the thought pattern of the ancient Babylonians. The cuneiform texts have been copied direct from the tablets and are accompanied by both transliteration and translation. An introductory chapter describes the cosmological background against which the works are to be set. Philological notes and a glossary complete the volume.

An Introduction to Wisdom Literature and the Psalms

Festschrift Marvin E. Tate
Author: Marvin E. Tate,Harold Wayne Ballard,W. Dennis Tucker
Publisher: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 9780865546523
Category: Religion
Page: 242
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"An Introduction to Wisdom Literature and the Psalms is a Festschrift for Senior Professor Marvin E. Tate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who by students and colleagues alike has been cited as "Professor Exemplar." This Festschrift will be welcomed as an exemplary textbook by those who study and teach Old Testament Wisdom Literature and the Psalms." "This collection of essays offers a unique approach to studying the Wisdom Literature and the Psalms. The essays explore introductory themes and background issues to give the student a solid understanding of the ways of wisdom and psalmody in the Old Testament."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Understanding Wisdom Literature

Conflict and Dissonance in the Hebrew Text
Author: David Penchansky
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802867065
Category: Religion
Page: 129
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Israelite wisdom, literature, David Penchansky argues, records the disputes of ancient sages over basic human questions: What is the purpose of life? Is God just? Why do we suffer? Does God even exist? Penchansky sees confl icting answers to these questions in Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Ben Sira, and the Wisdom of Solomon -- and does not try to harmonize them. Instead, he fi nds meaning in the very dissonance and contradiction within these texts. Employing the latest scholarship yet remaining accessible to nonspecialists and students, Penchansky strikingly focuses on the "big picture" behind wisdom literature -- making it easy for readers to follow and appreciate these challenging texts -- without undermining each book's distinctive features. In the process, Penchansky opens up this rich and fertile vein of Israelite thought and demonstrates the renewed relevance of ancient Hebrew wisdom for today.

Exploring the Old Testament

A Guide to the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
Author: Ernest C. Lucas
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830853111
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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Ernest C. Lucas provides an informed, illuminating and interactive introduction to the ancient background, the literary artistry, and the varied and timeless messages of the Psalms and Wisdom literature.

The Wisdom Literature


Author: Kathleen O'Connor
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814655719
Category: Religion
Page: 199
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This volume presents the spiritualties, implicit or explicit, of the wisdom books of the Old Testament. An additional goal is to explore the vast and frequently overlooked resource that wisdom literature provides for contemporary believers.

Wisdom Literature

Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Canticles, Ecclesiastes, and Esther
Author: Roland Edmund Murphy
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802818775
Category: Religion
Page: 185
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Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel


Author: Richard J. Clifford
Publisher: Society of Biblical Lit
ISBN: 1589832191
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 116
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The last fifty years have seen a dramatic increase of interest in the wisdom literature of the Bible, as scholars have come to appreciate the subtlety and originality of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes as well as of Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon. Interest has likewise grown in the wisdom literatures of the neighboring cultures of Canaan, Egypt, and especially Mesopotamia. To help readers understand the place of biblical wisdom within this broader context, including its originality and distinctiveness, this volume offers a collection of essays by Assyriologists and biblicists on the social, intellectual, and literary setting of Mesopotamian wisdom; on specific wisdom texts; and on key themes common to both Mesopotamian and biblical culture. --From publisher's description.

Israel's Wisdom Literature

A Liberation-critical Reading
Author: Dianne Bergant
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451406597
Category: Religion
Page: 194
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This series looks at various sections of the Old Testament from the perspective of a worldview in which various groups of humans, and other parts of the natural world, are considered in a relational way. Covers all the wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Apocrypha.

Feminist Companion to Wisdom Literature


Author: Athalya Brenner-Idan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0567506908
Category: Religion
Page: 264
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This book provides feminist approaches to Wisdom Literature from leading scholars of the Hebrew Bible and feminist hermeneutics.

Character in Crisis

A Fresh Approach to the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament
Author: William P. Brown
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802841353
Category: Religion
Page: 179
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At a time when the chasm between academic scholarship and theological reflection seems to be widening, both the academic guild and the church share in common an uncertainty over how to study and appropriate the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. On the one hand, mainline denominations have for the most part avoided the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes in their preaching and educational curriculum. Biblical scholars, on the other hand, have labored hard to identify the theological significance and thematic center of the wisdom literature, but without much consensus. In Character in Crisis, William P. Brown helps to break the impasse by demonstrating that the aim of the Bible's wisdom literature is the formation of moral character - both for individuals and for the community. Brown traces the theme of moral identity and conduct throughout the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, with a concluding reflection on the Epistle of James in the New Testament, and explores a range of issues that includes literary characterization, moral discourse, worldview, and the theology of the ancient sages. He examines the ways in which central characters such as God, wisdom, and human beings are profiled in the wisdom books and shows how their characterizations impart ethical meaning to the reading community, both ancient and modern.

The Tree of Life

An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature
Author: Roland Edmund Murphy
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802839657
Category: Religion
Page: 286
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Since 1990 Roland Murphy's Tree of Life has been a standard introduction to the wisdom literature of the Bible. Now The Tree of Life is available in a third edition, complete with a new preface by the author and a special supplement that surveys the latest developments in wisdom research. This superb study thoroughly explores the wisdom writings of the Bible, interpreting this literature in a way that illumines the development of Israel's search for wisdom throughout its tumultuous history. Murphy looks at each wisdom book individually -- Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus, and Wisdom of Solomon -- and adds to them a discussion of wisdom from other parts of the Old Testament. His careful investigations expose the various guises that wisdom adopts -- the "fear of the Lord," moral formation, the universality of human experience, the mysteries of creation, and others.

Old Testament Wisdom Literature

A Theological Introduction
Author: Craig G. Bartholomew,Ryan P. O'Dowd
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830898174
Category: Religion
Page: 337
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The books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are rooted in the order created by the one true God. Their steady gaze penetrates to the very nature of created reality and leads us toward peace and human flourishing. Craig Bartholomew and Ryan O'Dowd tune our ears to hear once again Lady Wisdom calling in the streets. Old Testament Wisdom Literature provides an informed introduction to the Old Testament wisdom books Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job. Establishing the books in the context of ancient Near Eastern wisdom traditions and literature, the authors move beyond the scope of typical introductions to discuss the theological and hermeneutical implications of this literature.

Discovering the Way of Wisdom

Spirituality in the Wisdom Literature
Author: Edward M. Curtis,John J. Brugaletta
Publisher: Kregel Academic
ISBN: 9780825494673
Category: Religion
Page: 238
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An insightful and practical look at patterns for contemporary spiritual growth found in the wisdom of the Old Testament.

Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms


Author: Daniel J. Estes
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9781441201577
Category: Religion
Page: 448
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This valuable resource introduces readers to the Old Testament books of wisdom and poetry--Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs--and helps them better understand each book's overall flow. Estes summarizes some of each book's key issues, offers an exposition of the book that interacts with major commentaries and recent studies, and concludes with an extensive bibliography. Now in paperback.

Interpreting the Wisdom Books

An Exegetical Handbook
Author: Edward Curtis
Publisher: Kregel Academic
ISBN: 0825442303
Category: Religion
Page: 208
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The Wisdom Literature of the Bible (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs) is filled with practical principles for everyday life. While some Christians are deterred by the pragmatic character of these matter-of-fact guidelines, they are as integral to God's purposes for His people as the explicitly theological material that dominates other parts of Scripture. The Wisdom books tie these two streams of God's revelation together in a way that enriches and strengthens the church. It is a thorough resource for pastors and teachers to help them navigate the sometimes bewildering waters of the Wisdom Literature.