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Wisdom Literature
Hunter, Alastair

London: SCM, 2006 pp. x + 291. Ä19.99

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SCM Core Text


Description: This textbook is aimed at undergraduates in courses relating to Old Testament Wisdom literature. The book begins with a consideration of what the term 'wisdom literature' means in Hebrew usage, and also examines which biblical materials might properly be classified as belonging to the category of wisdom literature. The cultural and political context of ancient Israel is examined, together with an analysis of the key problem of whether or not there were any practical levels of literacy in the period in question. The middle section of the book looks in more depth at those books considered to contain 'wisdom literature': Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus. The genre is characterised by praise of God, often in poetic form and by sayings of wisdom intended to teach about God and about virtue. Questions of authorship, editing, interpretation, the historical context of some of the writings, the book's major themes and sub-themes and the latest criticisms of each are laid out for discussion and analysis.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Literature

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Review by Jurie le Roux
Published 8/16/2008
Citation: Jurie le Roux, review of Alastair Hunter, Wisdom Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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