Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament: The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism / Edition 2

Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament: The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism / Edition 2

by Joseph Blenkinsopp
     
 

This is a completely revised and expanded edition of a classic text. Drawing on recent work on legal and didactic material and including more literary interpretation, Blenkinsopp traces the course of two related key traditions—law and wisdom—throughout the history of Israel in the biblical period. He demonstrates their essential lines of continuity with

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This is a completely revised and expanded edition of a classic text. Drawing on recent work on legal and didactic material and including more literary interpretation, Blenkinsopp traces the course of two related key traditions—law and wisdom—throughout the history of Israel in the biblical period. He demonstrates their essential lines of continuity with classical Jewish thought and early Christian theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198755043
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
Oxford Bible Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.69(w) x 5.06(h) x 0.62(d)

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Table of Contents

1Sages, Scribes, and Counsellors1
The Writings: the third section of the Hebrew Bible1
The many faces of wisdom5
The professional sage9
Education in Israel12
2Education for Life18
Proverbs: the book18
The proverb20
The religious dimension24
The ethic of the sages29
The instruction31
Acrostics, numerical sayings, riddles35
Sapiential narrative39
3God and the Moral Order46
The link between act and consequence46
Political disaster and religious crisis51
Job57
Qoheleth68
The problem remains79
4The Growth of Israel's Legal Tradition84
Ordering life by law84
Law in early Israel90
The Covenant Code: Exodus 20:23-23:1994
The Decalogue102
The Second Law: Deuteronomy, religious programme and civil constitution107
5Law in Early Judaism: Temple Community and Sect120
The Priestly History120
Cultic and ritual laws126
Wisdom and law in the Chronicler's work133
Law and legal exposition in Jewish sectarianism140
6Theological Wisdom151
The confluence of wisdom and law151
Job 28: inaccessible wisdom153
Proverbs 8:22-31: Wisdom, first-born of creation157
Ecclesiasticus 24:1-29: Torah assimilated to Wisdom162
The Wisdom of Solomon: towards a new synthesis167
Apocalyptic wisdom173
Wisdom in transition: some further developments179
Select Bibliography183
Index of Passages Cited187
General Index193

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