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Turning Proverbs towards Torah : an analysis of 4Q525

Author: Elisa Uusimäki
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
Series: Studies on the texts of the desert of Judah, v. 117.
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"In Turning Proverbs towards Torah, Elisa Uusimäki offers the first monograph on the early Jewish wisdom text 4Q525 from Qumran. Following the reconstruction of the fragmentary manuscript, Uusimäki analyses the text with a focus on the reception and renewal of the Proverbs tradition and the ways in which 4Q525 illustrates aspects of Jewish pedagogy in the late Second Temple period. She argues that the author was  Read more...
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Turning Proverbs towards Torah
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
(DLC) 2016004920
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elisa Uusimäki
ISBN: 9789004313415 9004313419 9004313397 9789004313392
OCLC Number: 937368408
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 360 pages).
Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 4Q525 and the Qumran Discoveries; 2 Wisdom and Torah; 3 Research History of 4Q525; 4 Purpose of the Study; Chapter 1 Scroll, Text, Arrangement; 1 Material Reconstruction of 4Q525; 1.1 Methodological Introduction; 1.2 Observations on the Material Aspects; 1.2.1 Manuscript; 1.2.2 Scroll Manufacture; 1.2.3 Damage Patterns; 1.2.4 Sheet Division; 1.2.5 Wrapping of the Scroll; 1.3 The Arrangement of Fragments; 1.3.1 Sheet One: Columns I-III; 1.3.2 Sheet Two: Columns IV-VIII; 1.3.3 Sheet Three: Columns IX-XI; 1.3.4 Sheet Four: Columns XII-XIII. 1.3.5 Unplaced Fragments1.4 Concluding Remarks; 2 Hebrew Text and English Translation; 2.1 Remarks on Palaeography and Orthography; 2.2 Column-by-Column Presentation; 3 Structural Analysis; 3.1 Outline; 3.1.1 A Call for Wisdom; 3.1.2 Teachings on Wise Life and its Implications (columns IV-V); 3.1.3 The Need for Wisdom: Spirits and Protection; 3.1.4 Advice on Speech (column VIII); 3.1.5 Rejecting Wisdom: The World of Folly (columns IX-XII); 3.1.6 A Return to Wisdom (column XIII); 3.2 Comments; 4 Conclusions; Chapter 2 Influence of Scripture on 4Q525; 1 Concepts and Phenomena. 1.1 Remarks on Presuppositions1.2 Theoretical Framework; 1.3 Scriptural Interpretation; 1.4 Definition of Terminology; 1.5 Tables of Parallels; 2 Primary Allusion to Proverbs 1-9; 2.1 Influence of Proverbs on 4Q525; 2.2 Proverbs as a Source of Inspiration; 2.3 Use of Proverbs and Rewriting Processes; 3 Secondary Allusions to Psalm 91 and Deuteronomy 32; 3.1 Introduction to the Source Texts; 3.1.1 Song of Moses; 3.1.2 Poem of Protection; 3.2 Shared Imagery and Ideas; 3.2.1 Divine Protection and Blessings; 3.2.2 Serpents, Demons, and the Underworld; 3.2.3 Other Terms and Topics. 3.3 Interpretation of the Parallels4 Major Echoes of Psalms; 4.1 Influence of Entrance Liturgy Psalms; 4.2 Influence of Psalms with Wisdom Elements; 4.3 Concluding Reflections; 5 Echoes of Deuteronomy 33 and Ben Sira; 6 Conclusions; Chapter 3 Genre, Settings, Functions; 1 Genre: Wisdom Built on Proverbs; 1.1 Literary Context of 4Q525; 1.1.1 Wisdom as a Tradition; 1.1.2 Wisdom as a Literary Genre; 1.2 Genre of 4Q525 in Relation to Proverbs 1-9; 1.2.1 Introduction to the Prototype Theory; 1.2.2 Criterion I: Literary Form; 1.2.3 Criterion II: Content of Instruction. 1.2.4 Criterion III: Literary Function1.3 Concluding Remarks; 2 The Educational Settings of 4Q525; 2.1 Dates of Manuscript and Composition; 2.2 4Q525 and the Sectarian Movement; 2.3 Pedagogical Use of 4Q525; 2.4 Concluding Remarks; 3 Social Function: Identity Formation; 3.1 Creating Groups and the Others; 3.2 Blessing and Cursing in 4Q525 and its Context; 3.2.1 Macarisms and the Description of Curses in 4Q525; 3.2.2 Acts of Proclaiming Happiness, Blessing, and Cursing; 3.2.3 Antithetical Pairs of Blessing and Cursing; 3.3 Macarisms, Curses, and Social Reality; 3.3.1 Performative Role of Words.
Series Title: Studies on the texts of the desert of Judah, v. 117.
Responsibility: Elisa Uusimäki.

Abstract:

"In Turning Proverbs towards Torah, Elisa Uusimäki offers the first monograph on the early Jewish wisdom text 4Q525 from Qumran. Following the reconstruction of the fragmentary manuscript, Uusimäki analyses the text with a focus on the reception and renewal of the Proverbs tradition and the ways in which 4Q525 illustrates aspects of Jewish pedagogy in the late Second Temple period. She argues that the author was inspired by Proverbs 1-9 but sought to demonstrate that true wisdom is found in the concept of torah. He also weaved dualistic elements and eschatological ideas into the wisdom frame. The author's intention, Uusimäki argues, is to form the audience spiritually, encouraging it to trust in divine protection and blessings that are bestowed upon the pious"--

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