Wealth and Poverty in the Instruction of Amenemope and the Hebrew Proverbs: A Comparative Case Study in the Social Location and Function of Ancient Near Eastern Wisdom Literature

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James L. Crenshaw
The real value of Washington's investigation lies...in illuminating the social situations behind the two texts being compared....[R]eaders [should take] a close look at this work. They will profit in many ways, even when finding the fundamental thesis problematic.
Society of Biblical Literature
James L. Crenshaw
The real value of Washington's investigation lies...in illuminating the social situations behind the two texts being compared....[R]eaders [should take] a close look at this work. They will profit in many ways, even when finding the fundamental thesis problematic.
Society of Biblical Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788500725
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Dissertation Series, #14
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Tables
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Instruction of Amenemope
I Introduction to Amenemope 7
II The Date of Amenemope 11
Paleographical Data 13
Personal Names 14
Loan Words 17
Chapter Headings 24
III The Social-Historical Background to Amenemope 25
The Evidence from Deir el-Medinah 25
The Setting of Amenemope: New Kingdom Scribal Training 29
The Economic and Social History of Ramesside Egypt 52
IV Wealth and Poverty in Amenemope 85
Against Corruption and Unjust Gain 86
Dissolution of the "Act-Consequence Relation" 96
The [actual symbol not reproducible]-Saying: Relative Praise of Poverty 102
Affirmative Concern for the Poor 104
V Summary of Results 109
Pt. 2 The Hebrew Proverbs
VI Dating the Book of Proverbs 111
Linguistic Evidence 116
Structural Features 122
Thematic Evidence 128
VII The Relation of Proverbs to Amenemope and Other Literary Antecedents 135
VIII The Social-Historical Background to Proverbs 147
Scribal Education as the Setting of the Hebrew Proverbs 147
Achaemenid Judah as the Setting of Proverbs 156
Attenuation of the Professional Scribal Orientation 167
IX Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs 171
The Folk Tradition 171
The Influence of International Wisdom 185
Contextual Reading of the Sayings on Wealth and Poverty 191
X Summary of Results 203
Conclusion 205
Bibliography 207
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