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Wisdom Literature A Theological History

ISBN-10: 0664229190
ISBN-13: 9780664229191
Edition: 2007
Authors: Leo G. Perdue
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Description: The Old Testament's wisdom literature offers one of the most intriguing collections of biblical books (Proverbs, Job, the Psalms about Torah and wisdom, Ecclesiastes, Qoheleth, Ben Sira, and the Wisdom of Solomon). In this magisterial textbook,  More...

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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 7/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

The Old Testament's wisdom literature offers one of the most intriguing collections of biblical books (Proverbs, Job, the Psalms about Torah and wisdom, Ecclesiastes, Qoheleth, Ben Sira, and the Wisdom of Solomon). In this magisterial textbook, preeminent wisdom scholar Leo G. Perdue sets each book of wisdom in its historical context, examining the conditions that produced the book and shaped its thinking. This allows him to show how wisdom thought changed over time in response to shifting historical and social conditions. In addition to analyzing the historical setting of wisdom, Perdue discerns the theological themes and theological developments within this rich literature.

Introducing the historical theology of wisdom literature
Salvation history, covenant, creation, and providence
The book of Proverbs
Exilic wisdom and the Babylonian sapiential tradition : the book of Job
Scribalism and the Torah in the wisdom tradition
Wisdom and Egyptian and Hellenistic skepticism : the book of Qoheleth
Hellenistic wisdom in Judah : the book of Ben Sira
Wisdom and Alexandrian Hellenism : the wisdom of Solomon
The historical theology of wisdom literature : conclusions

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