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An introduction to Israel's wisdom traditions

Author: John L McLaughlin
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It can be a challenge to understand the Hebrew Bible's wisdom literature and how it relates to biblical history and theology, but John L. McLaughlin makes this complicated genre straightforward and accessible. This introductory-level textbook begins by explaining the meaning of wisdom to the Israelites and surrounding cultures before moving into the conventions of the genre and its poetic forms. The heart of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John L McLaughlin
ISBN: 9780802874542 0802874541
OCLC Number: 1010999586
Description: xi, 217 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The nature of wisdom --
The international context for Israel's wisdom --
The expression of wisdom --
Proverbs --
Job --
Qoheleth --
Ben Sira --
The wisdom of Solomon --
Wisdom influence in the first Testament --
Wisdom theology --
The continuation of wisdom.
Responsibility: John L. McLaughlin.

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It can be a challenge to understand the Hebrew Bible's wisdom literature and how it relates to biblical history and theology, but John L. McLaughlin makes this complicated genre straightforward and accessible. This introductory-level textbook begins by explaining the meaning of wisdom to the Israelites and surrounding cultures before moving into the conventions of the genre and its poetic forms. The heart of the book examines Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), and the deuterocanonical Ben Sira and Wisdom of Solomon. McLaughlin also explores the influence of wisdom throughout the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Designed especially for beginning students--and based on twenty-five years of teaching Israel's wisdom literature to university students--McLaughlin's Introduction to Israel's Wisdom Traditions provides an informed, panoramic view of wisdom literature's place in the biblical canon. -- ‡c From publisher's description.

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