Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples   -     By: Claus Westermann
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Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples

Westminster John Knox Press / 1995 / Paperback

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Where did Israel's oldest wisdom literature originate? In this compelling study of Proverbs 10--31, Westermann argues that the earliest oral traditions had their roots in an agrarian way of life, later evolving into poetry as the Israelites became more urbanized. A fascinating analysis! 178 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 6 X 9 (inches)
ISBN: 0664255590
ISBN-13: 9780664255596
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In this book, Claus Westermann argues that Israel's early wisdom literature grew out of an oral tradition reflecting an agrarian setting. Dealing primarily with Proverbs 10-31, Westermann demonstrates how the wisdom literature evolved into a form of poetry that had greater universal appeal as the people of Israel became more urbanized. A distinctive feature of Roots of Wisdom is Westermann's use of other wisdom sayings, particularly those from ancient Africa, to illustrate the logical progression of wisdom poetry being simply observational in character to becoming more universal in character.

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Claus Westermann was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He authored a number of books, including Praise and Lament in the Psalms, Roots of Wisdom, and Prophetic Oracles of Salvation in the Old Testament, all published by WJK.

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