Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel
Clifford, Richard†J., editor
Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2007 pp. xiii + 116. $19.95/$86.00
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Description: The last fifty years have seen a dramatic increase of interest in the wisdom literature of the Bible, as scholars have come to appreciate the subtlety and originality of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes as well as of Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon. Interest has likewise grown in the wisdom literatures of the neighboring cultures of Canaan, Egypt, and especially Mesopotamia. To help readers understand the place of biblical wisdom within this broader context, including its originality and distinctiveness, this volume offers a rich collection of essays by distinguished Assyriologists and biblicists on the social, intellectual, and literary setting of Mesopotamian wisdom; on specific wisdom texts; and on key themes common to both Mesopotamian and biblical culture. Scholars, pastors, and laity will find these essays both fascinating and enriching.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Literature
Review by Andrew E. Steinmann
Citation: Andrew E. Steinmann, review of Richard J. Clifford, ed., Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
Review by John Mason
Citation: John Mason, review of Richard J. Clifford, ed., Wisdom Literature in Mesopotamia and Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
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