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Early Israelite Wisdom : Oxford Theological Monographs - Stuart Weeks

Early Israelite Wisdom

Oxford Theological Monographs

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9780198270072
Number Of Pages: 224

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This is a new and ground-breaking study of the nature and origins of the earliest material in the book of Proverbs, drawing on evidence from Israel and neighboring countries in the ancient Near East. This literature has been widely believed to have originated as pedagogical material, designed for the education of future administrators in the royal bureaucracy from the time of Solomon. That belief has played an important part not only in the interpretation of the texts, but in reconstructions of Israelite society and history. In this book, Weeks challenges this belief, arguing that it is largely founded on assumptions which are now widely discredited, and he sets out to re-evaluate the evidence in the light of more recent research. Weeks's illuminating conclusions will have important implications for the future study of this material, and for our understanding of ancient Israel's society and history.

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"Every once in a while a book comes along that challenges the "assured results" of a particular field of inquiry. So impressive are the challenges of the book that one's perspective on the field of inquiry is significantly altered. Certainly, Stuart Weeks has presented such a challenge to the assured results of Israelite wisdom studies."--Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Introductionp. 1
Using the Non-Israelite Sourcesp. 6
Context in the Sayings Collectionsp. 20
Proverbs and the Courtp. 41
Was Early Wisdom Secular?p. 57
The Wise in the Old Testamentp. 74
Josephp. 92
Wisdom and the Reign of Solomonp. 110
Schools in Israelp. 132
Conclusionsp. 157
Appendix: The Non-Israelite Sourcesp. 162
Bibliography of Works Citedp. 190
Index of Passages Citedp. 202
Index of Authorsp. 208
General Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780198270072
ISBN-10: 0198270070
Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.3