The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byE. W. Heaton

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The vigorous interest of recent Old Testament scholars in Israel's so-called "Wisdom Tradition" has exposed much methodological confusion and achieved no agreed results. the "wise" have not been located in any recognisable structure of Israelite society and the "Tradition" has never beenpinned down as a coherent historical phenomenon. The purpose of this book is to demonstrate that the literature which has been at the centre of the debate was the characteristic product of the schools of ancient Israel, and that scholars who deny the existence of schools or ignore their influenceare mistaken. Through a review of a representative sample of Old Testament writings, Dr Heaton examines the intellectual stance and literary style of the school tradition, and relates them to Egyptian prototypes. He argues that the school tradition, with its moral and rational stamina, cannot bedismissed as an eccentric development on the margin of Old Testament thought, but should be recongised as playing a fundamental role in the transmission and re-interpretation of the heritage of Israel. The book offers a lively and important challenge to the conventional presentation of OldTestament theology and to those versions of Christian theology which represent the Church as the exclusive recipient and sole guardian of the truth about God and his world.

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The vigorous interest of recent Old Testament scholars in Israel's so-called "Wisdom Tradition" has exposed much methodological confusion and achieved no agreed results. the "wise" have not been located in any recognisable structure of Israelite society and the "Tradition" has never beenpinned down as a coherent historical phenomenon....

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The vigorous interest of recent Old Testament scholars in Israel's so-called 'Wisdom Tradition' has exposed much methodological confusion and achieved no agreed results. The 'wise' have not been located in any recognisable structure of Israelite society and the 'Tradition' has never been pinned down as a coherent historical phenomenon....

E. W. Heaton is at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`This is a stimulating, well-written and sometimes provoking book. It argues its thesis with conviction.'The Glastonbury Bulletin