Wisdom Literature of Ancient Israel 11-12-07

Wisdom Literature of Ancient Israel 11-12-07 - Wisdom...

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Wisdom Literature of Ancient Israel: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes I. Introduction to Wisdom Literature a. Definition i. Books that focus on understanding the world and on how best to live, based on an intelligent assessment of life rather than divine revelation to Israel. b. Distinctive Characteristics i. See below c. Books of Wisdom: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes i. Characterized as 1. Positive Wisdom: Jewish writings that describe the general orderliness of the world and explain how to live in accordance with it. 2. Negative (Skeptical) Wisdom: Jewish writings that lament the world’s lack of order and explain how best to understand or cope with it. II. Positive Wisdom: The Book of Proverbs a. General Character i. Contains many proverbs 1. Proverb: A pithy and profound saying that encapsulates a distinctive understanding of the world and/or how best to live in it. b. Assumptions i. There are certain ways to live that are better than others 1. Better to be wise than foolish 2. Better to be rich than poor
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