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The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context - Katharine J. Dell

The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context

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The book of Proverbs is the starting point of the biblical wisdom tradition. But how did individual proverbs, instructions and poems come together to form the various collections we have today? Katharine Dell explores the possible social contexts for this varied material in the royal court, wisdom schools and popular culture. She draws shrewdly on materials from the wisdom traditions of the ancient Near East, in particular Egypt, in order to bolster and enhance her theories. She argues that Proverbs had a theological purpose from its conception, with God's creativity being an integral theme of the text rather than one added in later redactions. Dell also shows that echoes of other Old Testament genres such as prophecy, law and cult can be found in Proverbs, notably in chapters 1-9, and that its social and theological context is much broader than scholars have recognised in the past.

'Dell's book is certainly an important contribution to the scholarly debate on the Proverbs' social contexts and wisdom theology within the Hebrew Bible. With this precious work, we can say now figuratively, wisdom has taken a great and secure step towards full 'reconciliation' with other OT traditions.' Biblica
"This study is an important corrective to several false assumptions about the book of Proverbs. Dell's systematic exposition and sustained interest in theological content make this a useful resource." -- Interpretation

Prefacep. vii
List of abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Social contextp. 3
Wisdom's theologyp. 8
Relationship with other parts of the Old Testamentp. 12
Social context(s) in Proverbs 1-9p. 18
The 'instructions' and Egyptian parallelsp. 22
The schoolp. 24
Education within the familyp. 30
The instruction texts in Proverbsp. 32
Conclusionp. 48
Social context(s) in Proverbs 10:1-22:16p. 51
The family/folk/tribal settingp. 52
The question of oral versus literary stagesp. 56
Court and schoolp. 58
A preliminary overviewp. 59
Conclusionp. 63
Social context(s) in Proverbs 22:17-31:31p. 65
Proverbs 22:17-24:22p. 65
Links with Amenemopep. 65
The royal court and schoolp. 67
Links with Proverbs 1-9p. 72
Proverbs 24:23-34p. 75
Proverbs 25-9p. 76
Analysis of the sectionp. 76
Links with Proverbs 10:1-22:16p. 79
Proverbs 30p. 82
Proverbs 30:1-14p. 82
Proverbs 30:15-33p. 83
Proverbs 31p. 84
Proverbs 31:1-9p. 84
Proverbs 31:10-31p. 85
Conclusion to Chapters 1-3p. 88
Proverbs 1-9; 22:17-24:22; 30:1-14; 31p. 88
Proverbs 10:1-22:16; 24:23-34; 25-9; 30:15-33p. 89
Mention of Yahweh in Proverbsp. 90
Proverbs 1-9p. 90
Theological contextp. 90
Yahwistic elementsp. 94
Proverbs 10:1-22:16p. 105
Mention of Yahwehp. 105
Yahwistic elementsp. 108
Proverbs 22:17-31:31p. 117
Mention of Yahwehp. 117
Proverbs 24:23-34p. 119
Proverbs 25-9p. 119
Proverbs 30p. 122
Proverbs 31p. 123
Conclusionp. 123
Theological contextp. 125
Emphasis on the role of Yahwehp. 125
Wisdom's separationp. 126
Characterizing wisdom's theologyp. 130
Wisdom's place in Old Testament theologyp. 135
Creation texts in Proverbsp. 139
Linking the Yahwistic emphasis with the wider theological debatep. 146
Wisdom's theological integrationp. 151
Echoes of other Old Testament texts and contexts in Proverbsp. 155
Links with wider Old Testament texts, traditions and genresp. 155
Influence on Proverbs from other areas of Israelite lifep. 160
Prophetic linksp. 160
Deuteronomic influencep. 167
Cultic and psalmic influencep. 178
Conclusionp. 185
Conclusionp. 188
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780521633055
ISBN-10: 0521633052
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44