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Wisdom from the Late Bronze Age
Cohen, Yoram

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013 pp. xviii + 254. $31.95

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Description: This volume presents the original texts and annotated translations of a collection of Mesopotamian wisdom compositions and related texts of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1200 B.C.E.) found at the ancient Near Eastern sites of Hattuša, Emar, and Ugarit. These wisdom compositions constitute the missing link between the great Sumerian wisdom corpus and early Akkadian wisdom literature of the Old Babylonian period, on the one hand, and the wisdom compositions of the first millennium B.C.E., on the other. Included here are works such as the Ballad of Early Rulers, Hear the Advice, and The Date-Palm and the Tamarisk, as well as proverb collections from Ugarit and Hattuša. A detailed introduction provides an assessment of the place of wisdom literature in the ancient curriculum and library collections.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches

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Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
Published 9/24/2015
Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review of Yoram Cohen, Wisdom from the Late Bronze Age, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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