Wisdom Literature

Wisdom Literature

by Abingdon Press
     
 

ISBN-10: 0687008468

ISBN-13: 9780687008469

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Abingdon Press

In this volume, Richard J. Clifford seeks to make the biblical wisdom literature intelligible to modern readers. It is easy to quote the occasional proverb, say a few things about "the problem of evil" in Job, or quote "vanity of vanities, " but far more rewarding to read the whole book with an appreciative and informed eye.

Opening chapters of The Wisdom

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Overview

In this volume, Richard J. Clifford seeks to make the biblical wisdom literature intelligible to modern readers. It is easy to quote the occasional proverb, say a few things about "the problem of evil" in Job, or quote "vanity of vanities, " but far more rewarding to read the whole book with an appreciative and informed eye.

Opening chapters of The Wisdom Literature comment on the striking similarities between ancient and modern "wisdom literature" and on the comparable literature from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan. Thereafter, a chapter is devoted to each biblical wisdom book (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Sirach, and Wisdom of Solomon), studying not only its content but also its rhetoric -- how it engages the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780687008469
Publisher:
Abingdon Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Interpreting Biblical Texts Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
636,020
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

FOREWORD,
PREFACE,
ABBREVIATIONS,
CHAPTER 1 OUR QUEST AND THE BIBLE'S WISDOM,
CHAPTER 2 WISDOM LITERATURE IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST,
CHAPTER 3 THE BOOK OF PROVERBS,
CHAPTER 4 THE BOOK OF JOB,
CHAPTER 5 THE BOOK OF QOHELETH (ECCLESIASTES),
CHAPTER 6 THE WISDOM OF BEN SIRA (SIRACH),
CHAPTER 7 THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON,
CHAPTER 8 THE SONG OF SONGS,
CHAPTER 9 WISDOM IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY,
NOTES,
INDEX OF TOPICS,
INDEX OF AUTHORS,

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