An Introduction to Israel's Wisdom Traditions
An Introduction to Israel's Wisdom Traditions  -     By: John L. McLaughlin
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802874541
ISBN-13: 9780802874542

Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio


John L. McLaughlin is associate professor of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible in the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto. His previous books include What are They Saying about Ancient Israelite Religion? and The Ancient Near East: An Essential Guide.

Editorial Reviews

Mark S. Smith
— Princeton Theological Seminary
"Offers an excellent, accessible reading of wisdom across the Bible. McLaughlin brings readers into the world of wisdom ranging from Egypt to Mesopotamia, and he masterfully presents the conventions of Hebrew poetry. . . . A pleasure to read, most highly recommended."

Gary N. Knoppers
— University of Notre Dame
"A welcome introduction to an understudied and underappreciated body of biblical literature. McLaughlin provides helpful, concise, and insightful discussions of all of the wisdom books found in the Hebrew Bible and the deutero-canon."

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