Hebrew Bible 23 - Hebrew Bible Lecture 23 March 3, 2008 o...

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Hebrew Bible Lecture 23 March 3, 2008 o Wisdom literature: Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. o Wisdom lit is a genre that exists in all cultures. It consists of wise and practical sayings/advice (i.e. Egyptian and Babylonian wisdom literature have a lot in commonalities with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, etc.) o It consists of practical knowledge of the world based on experience? Ask Judy. o Most of biblical lit claims to be based on prophecy (i.e. laws of Torah), but wisdom lit is not based on prophecy but based on experience, and they have found it to work well. o In our culture (American) o Farmer’s almanac (Ben Franklin: Poor Richard’s almanac). Geared toward the needs of a farmer, but not necessarily. Come from the realm of agriculture. Fortune cookies. Reader’s digest: points to ponder. Or random sayings that we do not know the exact origin: early bird gets the worm. Horoscopes pretend to have some revelatory status—and to specific people, so it is not really a proverb. o Aramaic: “one bird in the net is worth two that are flying”. Benjamin Franklin definitely had not read Aramaic texts. o Proverbs (Mishle) the book versus proverbs o Mishle o Looks like a jumble of sayings that have no apparent order. o
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