Personification of Wisdom
This book examines the personification of Wisdom as a female figure - a central motif in Proverbs, Job, Sirach, Wisdom and Baruch. Sinnott argues that by personifying Wisdom the authors of Proverbs responded to Israel's defeat by Babylon and the loss of Davidic monarchy, and by retrieving and transforming the Wisdom figure the authors of Sirach, Baruch and Wisdom responded to the spread of Hellenism and the potential loss of identity for Jews. The author concludes that personified Wisdom functioned to reinterpret and transform the Israelite/Jewish tradition.
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Table Of Contents
- Introduction; Origins Of Personified Wisdom: Introduction; Historical Approaches; Sociological Approaches; Wisdom's Biblical Origins; Wisdom's Egyptian Connections; Wisdom's Mesopotamian Connections; Conclusions; Wisdom Responds To A Crisis: Introduction; Response To Exile: Israelites' Situation After 587 Bce; Wisdom's Role In Proverbs 1 - 9; Wisdom's Prophetic Echoes In Prov 1:20 - 33; Wisdom Affirms The Presence Of Yhwh. Wisdom, Where Shall She Be Found?: Introduction; Dating Job 28 And Baruch 3:9 - 4:4; Elusive Wisdom In Job 28 And Baruch 3:9 - 4:4; Wisdom Is God's Gift To Israel; How The Poems Function. Wisdom: An Enduring Heritage: Introduction; Sirach 24: Historical And Literary Contexts; A Study Of The Text Of Sirach 24; Wisdom's Role And Function In Sirach 24. Personified Wisdom As Saviour: Introduction; Historical And Social Contexts Of The Book Of Wisdom; Adherence To The Torah; A Jewish/hellenistic Wisdom Figure; Wisdom's Function And Role In Wis 6:22 - 10:21; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.