Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction / Edition 3

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For decades, James Crenshaw's Old Testament Wisdom has been the premier introduction to the wisdom books of the Old Testament. That tradition continues with this newly updated edition. This popular textbook introduces readers to the wisdom tradition as well as the biblical books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and the Wisdom of Solomon. In addition, Crenshaw has expanded the discussion to include sapiential works from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the impact of wisdom traditions on the New Testament writers, and a new chapter on knowledge about God and the ancient sages' understanding of revelation. He provides expert analysis of the legacy of wisdom in other parts of the canon and in other cultures, offering new insights and fresh perspectives that can only come from one so well versed on the significance Old Testament wisdom.

An updated bibliography is also provided.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664234591
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 418,635
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Crenshawserved as Robert L. Flowers Professorof Old Testament atDuke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition ix

Preface to the Revised Edition xi

Preface to the Third Edition xiii

Abbreviations xiv

Introduction: On Defining Wisdom 1

1 The World of Wisdom 23

2 The Sapiential Tradition 41

3 The Pursuit of Knowledge: Proverbs 61

4 The Search for Divine Presence: Job 97

5 The Chasing after Meaning: Ecclesiastes 127

6 The Quest for Survival: Sirach 155

7 The Widening Hunt: Wisdom of Solomon, Psalms with Affinities to Wisdom, and Beyond 181

8 The Reciprocating Touch: Knowledge of God in Wisdom Literature 207

9 Wisdom's Legacy 229

10 Egyptian and Mesopotamian Wisdom Literature 251

Conclusion 273

Bibliography (Selected and Annotated) 277

Index of Ancient Sources 289

Index of Authors 296

Index of Hebrew and Greek Words 302

Index of Subjects 304

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