Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel

Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel

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The last fifty years have seen a dramatic increase of interest in the wisdom literature of the Bible, as scholars have come to appreciate the subtlety and originality of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes as well as of Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon. Interest has likewise grown in the wisdom literatures of the neighboring cultures of Canaan, Egypt, and especially Mesopotamia. To help readers understand the place of biblical wisdom within this broader context, including its originality and distinctiveness, this volume offers a collection of essays by Assyriologists and biblicists on the social, intellectual, and literary setting of Mesopotamian wisdom; on specific wisdom texts; and on key themes common to both Mesopotamian and biblical culture. --From publisher's description.Wilfred G. Lambert, BWL; Willem H. Ph. RApmer and Wolfram von Soden, Weisheitstexte I (TUAT III/1; GA¼tersloh: Gerd Mohn, 1990); Edmond Gordon, Sumerian Proverbs: Glimpses of Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia (New York:anbsp;...

Title:Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel
Author: Richard J. Clifford
Publisher:Society of Biblical Lit - 2007

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