Tradition and Interpretation

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VIII
WISDOM

J. A. EMERTON

THE wisdom literature has moved towards the centre of interest of Old Testament scholars during the past quarter of a century. The following survey will, of necessity, be selective and will ignore much work, including some important work, concerned with the wisdom literature, such as studies of language, text, and versions, and it will be impossible even to list the relevant commentaries. The Apocrypha too will be almost entirely left out of consideration, notwithstanding the valuable work that has been done on Ecclesiasticus and the Wisdom of Solomon. I have, rather, chosen several questions in modern scholarly work on the wisdom literature of the Hebrew canon of the Old Testament, and sought to give some account of the principal developments.1 The subjects that have received most attention include the literary forms of Israelite wisdom, its sociological background, the understanding of life in the book of Proverbs, and the relation of the wisdom literature of Israel to that of other peoples of the ancient Near East. A list of the books and articles to which reference is made will be found at the end.


1. NON-ISRAELITE WISDOM LITERATURE

Throughout the period of scholarship with which this book is concerned, work on non-Israelite wisdom literature has continued, and it has formed the background to developments in the study of the Old Testament. It is not the purpose of the present essay to survey recent study of wisdom in the ancient Near East in general, but it is necessary to mention some of it briefly.

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See also the surveys by Murphy ( 1967), and Scott ( 1970), and, for § II, Gemser ( 1962).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction- Changing Perspectives in Old Testament Study xiii
  • I- The Textual Transmission of the Old Testament 1
  • Bibliography 29
  • II- Semitic Philology and the Interpretation of the Old Testament 31
  • III- Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Their Bearing on the Old Testament 65
  • Bibliography 94
  • IV- Pentateuchal Problems 96
  • Bibliography 122
  • V- Old Testament Historiography 125
  • VI- Prophecy and the Prophetic Literature 163
  • Bibliography 187
  • VII- Apocalyptic 189
  • Bibliography 212
  • VIII- Wisdom 214
  • Bibliography 234
  • IX- The Psalms and Israelite Worship 238
  • Bibliography 272
  • X- The History of Israel in the Pre-Exilic Period 274
  • Bibliography 318
  • XI- The History of Israel in the Exilic and Post-Exilic Periods 320
  • Bibliography 349
  • XII- The History of Israelite Religion 351
  • Bibliography 383
  • XIII- The Theology and Interpretation of the Old Testament 385
  • Bibliography 414
  • Index of Authors 429
  • General Index 439
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