Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar
Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar

Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar

in The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies

by Stuart Weeks, Will Kynes, John Barton, James K. Aitken, Aulikki Nahkola, Jenni Williams, Madhavi Nevader, Peter Bedford, Gary A. Rendsburg, James E. Patrick, David J. A. Clines, Terje Stordalen, John Jarick, Mette Bundvad, Jennie Grillo, Edmée Kingsmill, Susan Gillingham, James E. Harding, John Day, Philip Y. Yoo, Deborah W. Rooke, Katharine J. Dell, and Krzysztof Sonek

Pages 400
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2015
ISBN-13 9780567663160
This collection of essays examines the wisdom traditions of the Old Testament from a variety of angles. The slipperiness of the concept of 'wisdom literature', the transmission of 'wise' advice for living, rabbinic and patristic approaches to the Bible's wisdom traditions, and cutting-edge modern perspectives on such Old Testament books as Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes are all to be found here.

In the tradition of the renowned previous volumes from the Oxford Old Testament Seminar-King and Messiah in Israel and the Ancient Near East (1998), In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel (2004), Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel (2005), and Prophecy and Prophets in Ancient Israel (2010)-this new volume again brings the scholarship of the Oxford Seminar, here focused on the rich subject of Old Testament wisdom traditions, to an international readership.

  • Table Of Contents
  • Preface
  • List of Contributors
  • Abbreviations
  • Part I: GENERAL TOPICS
    • 'The Place and Limits of Wisdom Revisited', -Stuart Weeks, University of Durham, UK
    • 'The Nineteenth-Century Origins of “Wisdom Literature”, and Its Twentieth-Century End?' Will Kynes, Whitworth University, Spokane, USA
    • 'Ethics in the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament', John Barton, University of Oxford, UK
    • 'Biblical Wisdom and Asceticism', James Aitken, University of Cambridge, UK
    • 'Orality and the Sage: A Word (Proverb) to the Wise Suffices', Aulikki Nahkola, Newbold College, UK
    • '“Mother in Israel”: Women and Wisdom', Jenni Williams, Wycliffe Hall, UK
    • 'The Wise King: Explorations in Near Eastern Royal Ideology', Madhavi Nevader, University of St Andrews, UK
    • 'Wisdom, Order, and the Loss of Kingship in Post-Exilic Judah', Peter Bedford, Union College, Schenectady, USA
  • Part II: SPECIFIC TEXTS
    • 'Literary and Linguistic Matters in the Book of Proverbs', by Gary A. Rendsburg Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 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
    • 'Temporal Reflection and Narrative in the Book of Ecclesiastes' Mette Bundvad, University of Göttingen, Germany
    • 'Is Patristic Exegesis Good for Biblical Scholarship? Jerome and Gregory of Nyssa on Qohelet', Jennie Grillo, Duke University, USA
    • 'The Song of Songs: A Wisdom Book' Edmée Kingsmill, The Community of the Sisters of the Love of God, Oxford, UK
    • '“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
    • 'Friendship in Ben Sira: Notes on Intertextuality and Method' James Harding, University of Otago, New Zealand
    • '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
    • 'Handel's “Nabal”' Deborah Rooke, Regent's Park College, UK
    • 'Jeremiah, Creation, and Wisdom' Katharine Dell, University of Cambridge, UK
    • 'The Wisdom of Jonah in the History of Interpretation' Krzysztof Sonek, Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, Australia
  • Index of References
  • Index of Authors

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