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Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom


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Preface List of Contributors Abbreviations Introduction Part I: ISSUES IN THE STUDY OF ISRAELITE WISDOM 'The Place and Limits of Wisdom Revisited' Stuart Weeks, University of Durham, UK 'Ethics in the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament' John Barton, University of Oxford, UK '"Mother in Israel": Women and Wisdom' Jenni Williams, Wycliffe Hall, UK 'Orality and the Sage: A Word (Proverb) to the Wise Suffices' Aulikki Nahkola, Newbold College, UK 'The Nineteenth-Century Beginnings of "Wisdom Literature", and Its Twenty-first-Century End?' Will Kynes, Whitworth University, USA Part II: THE WISDOM CORPUS OF THE HEBREW BIBLE 'Literary and Linguistic Matters in the Book of Proverbs' Gary A. Rendsburg, Rutgers University, USA '"The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom": Calendars, Divination and Stories of Terror' James E. Patrick, University of Oxford, UK 'One or Two Things You May Not Know about the Universe: The Cosmology of the Divine Speeches in Job' David J.A. Clines, University of Sheffield, UK 'The Canonical Taming of Job (Job 42.1-6)' Terje Stordalen, University of Oslo, Norway 'The Rhetorical Structure of Ecclesiastes' John Jarick, University of Oxford, UK 'Is Patristic Exegesis Good for Biblical Scholarship? Jerome and Gregory of Nyssa on Qohelet' Jennie Grillo, Duke University, USA 'At Play in Potential Space: Reading King Qohelet's Building Experiment with Psychoanalytic Spatial Theory' Mette Bundvad, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Part III: OTHER TEXTS IN RELATION TO WISDOM '"I Will Incline My Ear to a Proverb; I Will Solve My Riddle to the Music of the Harp" (Psalm 49.4): The Wisdom Tradition and the Psalms' Susan Gillingham, University of Oxford, UK 'The Song of Songs: A Wisdom Book' Edmee Kingsmill, The Community of the Sisters of the Love of God, Oxford, UK 'Wisdom and the Garden of Eden' John Day, University of Oxford, UK 'The Absence of Wisdom in the Wilderness' Philip Y. Yoo, University of Oxford, UK 'Jeremiah, Creation and Wisdom' Katharine J. Dell, University of Cambridge, UK 'Handel's "Nabal"' Deborah W. Rooke, Regent's Park College, UK 'Ben Sira's Table Manners and the Social Setting of His Book' James K. Aitken, University of Cambridge, UK 'Ben Sira on Friendship: Notes on Intertextuality and Method' James E. Harding, University of Otago, New Zealand Index of References Index of Authors

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A multi-faceted examination of the wisdom traditions from the Oxford Old Testament Seminar.

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John Jarick is Departmental Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at the University of Oxford, UK


An important collection providing excellent contributions to the literature on Israelite and early Jewish wisdom. * Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Bloomsbury translation) *
The volume is a real update as far as the Israelite wisdom literature is concerned ... We recommend reading to all [...] whether experts or aficionados. * Gregorianum (Bloomsbury translation) *

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