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|Description:||viii, 178 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Proverbial statements --
Hortatory proverbs (imperative sayings) --
Poetry in the Book of Proverbs --
Proverbs in the Old Testament outside of Proverbs 10-31 --
The change from proverbial wisdom to didactic poetry --
A form-critical sketch of wisdom --
Wisdom proverbs as words of Jesus --
God and humanity in early proverbial wisdom.
|Other Titles:||Wurzeln der Weisheit.
Roots of wisdom :
|Responsibility:||Claus Westermann ; [translated by J. Daryl Charles].|
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In this book, Claus Westermann argues that Israel's early wisdom literature grew out of an oral tradition that reflected 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 from simply observational to being more universal in character.
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