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Was There a Wisdom Tradition? New Prospects in Israelite Wisdom Studies
edited by Mark R. Sneed
SBL Press, 2015
Paper: 978-1-62837-099-7 | eISBN: 978-1-62837-101-7 | Cloth: 978-1-62837-100-0
Library of Congress Classification BS1455.W37 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 223.06

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Essential reading for scholars and students in wisdom studies


This collection of essays explores questions that challenge the traditional notion of a wisdom tradition among the Israelite literati, such as: Is the wisdom literature a genre or mode of literature or do we need new terminology? Who were the tradents? Is there such a thing as a “wisdom scribe” and what would that look like? Did the scribes who composed wisdom literature also have a hand in producing the other “traditions,” such as the priestly, prophetic, and apocalyptic, as well as other non-sapiential works? Were Israelite sages open to non-sapiential forms of knowledge in their conceptualization of wisdom?


Features:


  • Recent genre theory in distinction from traditional form criticism

  • Ancient Near Eastern comparative material

  • A balanced collection that includes essays that seriously challenge and affirm the consensus view, as well as those that reconfigure it


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