Description: The book of Proverbs is the starting point of the biblical wisdom tradition. But how did individual proverbs, instructions and poems come together to form the various collections we have today? Katharine Dell explores the possible social contexts for this varied material in the royal court, wisdom schools and popular culture. She draws shrewdly on materials from the wisdom traditions of the ancient Near East, in particular Egypt, in order to bolster and enhance her theories. She argues that Proverbs had a theological purpose from its conception, with God's creativity being an integral theme of the text rather than one added in later redactions. Dell also shows that echoes of other Old Testament genres such as prophecy, law and cult can be found in Proverbs, notably in chapters 1-9, and that its social and theological context is much broader than scholars have recognised in the past.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology
Review by Magne SśbÝ
Citation: Magne SśbÝ, review of Katharine Dell, The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).
Review by Dorothy Akoto
Citation: Dorothy Akoto, review of Katharine J. Dell, The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
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