Wisdom Literature: A Theological History
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Explore the rich cultural streams that shaped the wisdom literature of antiquity. From Babylon's sapiential tradition in Job and Egyptian skepticism in Qoheleth to Hellenistic influences in Ben Sira, Perdue's magisterial exploration sets representative books in historical context. Analyzing conditions that helped produce them, he discusses their theological themes and the genre's overall evolution. 415 Pages.

Leo G. Perdue, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas, is an international authority of wisdom literature and the author of numerous books, including Provers in the esteemed Interpretation commentary series.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 0664229190
ISBN-13: 9780664229191

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Publisher's 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, 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.

Author Bio

Leo G. Perdue is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is aninternational authority on wisdom literature and the author of numerous books, including Proverbs in the esteemed Interpretation commentary series.

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