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Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament : The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism - Joseph Blenkinsopp

Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament

The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism

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Published: 3rd August 1995
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This revised edition has been considerably expanded to take in work on the legal and didactic material published since the 1980s. It gives more attention to the different literary genres used by Israel's sages and to the social settings in which the material came into existence and circulated. References to relevant archaeological data have also been brought up to date. The main purpose of the book, however, remains the same: to trace the course of two related key streams of tradition, law and wisdom, throughout the history of Israel in the biblical period, and to demonstrate their essential lines of continuity with classical Jewish thought and early Christian theology.

`a valuable work for the reader who wishes to take a broader view' Theology `This study belongs to a biblical series which is devoted to groups of books rather than single books. It describes quite fully the contents of the wisdom and legal portions of the Old Testament and early Jewish literature ... Especially valuable is the treatment of this coming together in early Judaism, so important for a proper appreciation of New Testament polemic.' John C L Gibson, Edinburgh University, tbr Vol. 8, No. 2, February 1996

Sages, Scribes, and Counsellorsp. 1
The Writings: the third section of the Hebrew Biblep. 1
The many faces of wisdomp. 5
The professional sagep. 9
Education in Israelp. 12
Education for Lifep. 18
Proverbs: the bookp. 18
The proverbp. 20
The religious dimensionp. 24
The ethic of the sagesp. 29
The instructionp. 31
Acrostics, numerical sayings, riddlesp. 35
Sapiential narrativep. 39
God and the Moral Orderp. 46
The link between act and consequencep. 46
Political disaster and religious crisisp. 51
Jobp. 57
Qohelethp. 68
The problem remainsp. 79
The Growth of Israel's Legal Traditionp. 84
Ordering life by lawp. 84
Law in early Israelp. 90
The Covenant Code: Exodus 20:23-23:19p. 94
The Decaloguep. 102
The Second Law: Deuteronomy, religious programme and civil constitutionp. 107
Law in Early Judaism: Temple Community and Sectp. 120
The Priestly Historyp. 120
Cultic and ritual lawsp. 126
Wisdom and law in the Chronicler's workp. 133
Law and legal exposition in Jewish sectarianismp. 140
Theological Wisdomp. 151
The confluence of wisdom and lawp. 151
Job 28: inaccessible wisdomp. 153
Proverbs 8:22-31: Wisdom, first-born of creationp. 157
Ecclesiasticus 24:1-29: Torah assimilated to Wisdomp. 162
The Wisdom of Solomon: towards a new synthesisp. 167
Apocalyptic wisdomp. 173
Wisdom in transition: some further developmentsp. 179
Select Bibliographyp. 183
Index of Passages Citedp. 187
General Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780198755036
ISBN-10: 0198755031
Series: Oxford Bible Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 3rd August 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised