History and wisdom literature

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Abstract / Description of output

“Wisdom Literature” has sometimes been defined in opposition to “historical writings.” However, it is likely that these texts all came from a shared scribal world. If we read the historical texts through a lens informed by Wisdom Literature, interesting themes emerge, revealing that both sets of literature were grappling with shared clusters of ideas. In particular, both explore the nature of human wisdom and divine intervention. This chapter examines five historical texts—the stories of Adam and Eve, Joseph, the Succession Narrative, Solomon, and Esther—to show how these “Wisdom” themes emerge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Wisdom and the Bible
EditorsWill Kynes
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780190661267
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOxford University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • wisdom
  • Wisdom Literature
  • history
  • anthropology
  • virtues
  • divine intervention


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