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Wisdom Literature (Scm Core Texts Series)

Paperback|Sep 2006
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This textbook addresses wisdom as both an international and an Israelite phenomenon, and explores the subject in three ways: in terms of the broad phenomenon of wisdom; its application to individual books and texts (without trying to be comprehensive); and...


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This textbook addresses wisdom as both an international and an Israelite phenomenon, and explores the subject in three ways: in terms of the broad phenomenon of wisdom; its application to individual books and texts (without trying to be comprehensive); and in relation to anthropological approaches to folk material.
-Publisher

"This textbook is for any student of the Old Testament who is in particular interested in the books of Wisdom Literature. The book begins with a consideration of what the term 'wisdom literature' means in Hebrew usage, and also examines which biblical materials might properly be classified as belonging to the category of wisdom literature. The cultural and political context of ancient Israel is examined, together with an analysis of the key problem of whether or not there were any practical levels of literacy in the period in question. This textbook also looks in more depth at those books considered to contain 'wisdom literature': Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus. The genre is characterised by praise of God, often in poetic form and by sayings of wisdom intended to teach about God and about virtue. Questions of authorship, editing, interpretation, the historical context of some of the writings, the books' major themes and sub-themes and the latest criticisms of each are laid out for discussion and analysis." "The book is written with the undergraduate in mind, and is full of pedagogical features including tables and summaries of data, which allows for a more intensive agenda and for those with knowledge of classical Hebrew to pursue individual themes at greater depth."--BOOK JACKET.
-Publisher

This textbook is aimed at undergraduates on level two or three courses relating to Old Testament Wisdom literature. The book begins with a consideration of what the term 'wisdom literature' means in Hebrew usage, and also examines which biblical materials might properly be classified as belonging to the category of wisdom literature. The cultural and political context of ancient Israel is examined, together with an analysis of the key problem of whether or not there were any practical levels of literacy in the period in question. The middle section of the book looks in more depth at those books considered to contain 'wisdom literature': Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus. The genre is characterised by praise of God, often in poetic form and by sayings of wisdom intended to teach about God and about virtue. Questions of authorship, editing, interpretation, the historical context of some of the writings, the book's major themes and sub-themes and the latest criticisms of each are laid out for discussion and analysis. The book is written with the undergraduate in mind, and is full of pedagogical features including tables and summaries of data, which allows for a more intensive agenda and for those with knowledge of classical Hebrew to pursue individual themes at greater depth.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 249781
  • Product Code 0334040159
  • EAN 9780334040156
  • Pages 302
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Scm Press
  • Publication Date Sep 2006
  • Sales Rank 29215
  • Dimensions 156 x 234 x 427mm
  • Weight 0.016kg

Alastair G Hunter

Dr. Alastair Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies Senior Adviser of Studies at the University of Glasgow. His many publications include most recently Wisdom Literature (SCM Core Texts; London: SCM Presss, 2006) and An Introduction to the Psalms.

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