The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Wisdom Literature

Katherine J. Dell (Editor), Suzanna Millar (Editor), Arthur Jan Keefer (Editor)

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Abstract

Study of the wisdom literature in the Hebrew Bible and the contemporary cultures in the ancient Near Eastern world is evolving rapidly as old definitions and assumptions are questioned. Scholars are now interrogating the role of oral culture, the rhetoric of teaching and didacticism, the understanding of genre, and the relationship of these factors to the corpus of writings. The scribal culture in which wisdom literature arose is also under investigation, alongside questions of social context and character formation. This Companion serves as an essential guide to wisdom texts, a body of biblical literature with ancient origins that continue to have universal and timeless appeal. Reflecting new interpretive approaches, including virtue ethics and intertextuality, the volume includes essays by an international team of leading scholars. They engage with the texts, provide authoritative summaries of the state of the field, and open up to readers the exciting world of biblical wisdom.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9781108483162, 9781108716475
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Religion

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  • Egyptian wisdom

    Fox, M. V. & Millar, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Wisdom Literature. Dell, K. J., Millar, S. R. & Keefer, A. J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, (Cambridge Companions to Religion).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • The multiple genres of wisdom

    Millar, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Wisdom Literature. Dell, K. J., Millar, S. R. & Keefer, A. J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, (Cambridge Companions to Religion).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

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