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Wisdom Literature of Ancient Israel: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes I. Introduction to Wisdom Literature A. Definition: 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 1. Emphases of Historical and Prophetic Literature of the Tanak a. History of Israel b. Covenant (between Israel and God) c. Torah d. Divine revelation e. National concerns (Israel) f. Communal orientation (history, ethics, organization, relations) 2. Emphases of Wisdom Literature a. What it lacks i. History of Israel ii. Covenant iii. Torah b. What it stresses i. Observation, not revelation ii. Universal concerns, not national iii. Individual behavior, not communal C. Books of Wisdom: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes 1. Positive wisdom: Jewish writings that describe the general orderliness of the world and explain how to live in accordance with it 2. Negative wisdom: Jewish writings that lament the world’s lack of order and
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