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2 - The Scope of Wisdom Literature

from Part I - The Context of Wisdom Literature

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 July 2022

Katherine J. Dell
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Suzanna R. Millar
Affiliation:
University of Edinburgh
Arthur Jan Keefer
Affiliation:
Eton College
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Summary

Tremper Longman begins the Companion by setting the stage for many of the chapters that follow. Of first importance is the fact that discussing ‘biblical wisdom literature’ is not as simple as it seems. For the category as such has been questioned, and, even among those scholars who agree to use the phrase, what it means and designates remains up for debate. Longman presents the various viewpoints in terms of the ‘traditional view’, reactions to it, and ‘the way forward’. Matters of genre, the grouping of biblical texts, and their social location or worldview arise, as do suspicions about how ‘wisdom literature’ came about within scholarship and a recent repudiation of what it has become. Longman’s way forward indicates that Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes do indeed have meaningful affinities, and that these texts can and should be studied together, as well as in relation to other OT texts.

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Print publication year: 2022

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Further Reading

Dell, Katharine J. The Book of Job as Sceptical Literature. BZAW 197. Berlin: 1991.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Fowler, Alistair. Kinds of Literature: An Introduction to the Theory of Genres and Modes. Cambridge: 1982.Google Scholar
Kynes, Will. An Obituary for ‘Wisdom Literature’: The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus. Oxford: 2019.Google Scholar
Longman, Tremper III. The Fear of the Lord Is Wisdom: A Theological Introduction to Wisdom in Israel. Grand Rapids: 2017.Google Scholar
Von Rad, Gerhard. Wisdom in Israel. London: 1972.Google Scholar
Sneed, Mark R.Is the “Wisdom Tradition” a Tradition?CBQ 73 (2011): 5071.Google Scholar
Sneed, Mark R. ed. Was There a Wisdom Tradition? New Prospects in Israelite Wisdom Studies. Atlanta: 2015.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Sweeney, Marvin A., and Zvi, Ehud B., eds. The Changing Face of Form Criticism in the Twenty-First Century. Grand Rapids: 2003.Google Scholar
Weeks, Stuart. An Introduction to the Study of Wisdom Literature. London: 2010.Google Scholar

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