Instruction and Imagery in Proverbs 1-9

Hardcover | April 8, 2007

byStuart Weeks

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A detailed examination of Proverbs 1-9, an early Jewish poetic work. Stuart Weeks incorporates studies of literature from ancient Egypt and from the Dead Sea scrolls, but his focus is on the background and use of certain key images in the text. Proverbs 1-9 belongs to an important class ofbiblical literature (wisdom literature), and is less well known as a whole than the related books of Job and Ecclesiastes, partly because it has been viewed until recently as a dull and muddled school-book. However, parts of it have been profoundly influential on the development of both Judaism andChristianity, and occupy a key role in modern feminist theology. Weeks demonstrates that those parts belong to a much broader and more intricate set of ideas than older scholarship allowed.

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A detailed examination of Proverbs 1-9, an early Jewish poetic work. Stuart Weeks incorporates studies of literature from ancient Egypt and from the Dead Sea scrolls, but his focus is on the background and use of certain key images in the text. Proverbs 1-9 belongs to an important class ofbiblical literature (wisdom literature), and i...

Stuart Weeks is Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew, Durham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.82 inPublished:April 8, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199291543

ISBN - 13:9780199291540

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Introduction1. The Instruction in the Ancient Near East2. Proverbs 1-9 as an Instruction3. Theme and Imagery in Proverbs 1-94. Wisdom and the Character of Instruction5. The Foreign Woman and the Path Imagery6. The Significance of Proverbs 1-9Annotated Translation