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By Richard J. Clifford

The final fifty years have obvious a dramatic elevate of curiosity within the knowledge literature of the Bible, as students have come to understand the subtlety and originality of Proverbs, activity, and Ecclesiastes in addition to of Sirach and knowledge of Solomon. curiosity has likewise grown within the knowledge literatures of the neighboring cultures of Canaan, Egypt, and particularly Mesopotamia. to assist readers comprehend where of biblical knowledge inside this broader context, together with its originality and forte, this quantity bargains a wealthy selection of essays through distinct Assyriologists and biblicists at the social, highbrow, and literary surroundings of Mesopotamian knowledge; on particular knowledge texts; and on key subject matters universal to either Mesopotamian and biblical tradition. students, pastors, and laity will locate those essays either attention-grabbing and enriching. members to the amount contain Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Richard J. Clifford, James L. Crenshaw, Edward Greenstein, Victor Avigdor Hurowitz, Karel van der Toorn, and Raymond C. Van Leeuwen.

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R. Norman Whybray, The Composition of Proverbs (JSOTSup ninety nine; Sheffield: JSOT, 1994). distinction Michael V. Fox, “The Social situation of the booklet of Proverbs,” in Texts, Temples, and Traditions: A Tribute to Menahem Haran (ed. Michael V. Fox et al; Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 1996), 227–39. fifty eight. Fox, Proverbs 1–9, 156; Clifford, construction debts, 179–81, 184. fifty nine. Clifford, construction money owed, 178–79, 184. The parallel three-part constitution of either poems was once famous past via Gerhard von Rad, Weisheit in Israel (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1970), 197 n four; Eng. trans. , knowledge of Israel (Nashville: Abingdon, 1972), 151, n. four. 60. For the significance of far-off parallelism in Proverbs, see Dennis Pardee, Ugaritic and Hebrew Poetic Parallelism: a tribulation minimize (‘nt I and Proverbs 2) (VTSup; Leiden: Brill, 1988); and Daniel C. Snell, Twice-Told Proverbs and the Composition of the publication of Proverbs (Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 1993). eighty Raymond C. Van Leeuwen with no Proverbs. sixty one extra to the purpose, notwithstanding, Prov 3:19–20 and 24:3–4 are either diversifications and mixtures of the topical components, famous above, in royal-building inscriptions. that's, they mix the final building–filling/providing topos (which will be increased or reduced in size in accordance with favourite want) with an announcement about the knowledge of the builder or the firm. therefore, each one unit (3:19–20; 24:3– four) provides in nuce an Israelite formula of historical close to jap rules of creating and filling with knowledge. First, homes are equipped and “established/made strong” (Nwk) by means of knowledge. this concept isn't peripheral to Israel’s proposal of knowledge yet foundational, as its frequency inside Proverbs indicates (9:1; 14:1; 24:3; cf. 12:7; 14:11; 15:25; 21:12 [? ]; 24:27). Even animals are integrated during this trend of clever or silly condo construction (30:24–26) and provisioning (6:6–11). the second one motif universal to Prov 3:19–20 and 24:3–4 is provisioning or filling the home. The frequency of this easy motif strengthens the conceptual coherence one of the subsections of Proverbs at a primary point (9:1–6, 13–18; and 3:33; 6:31; 11:29; 15:6, 27; 17:1, thirteen; 19:14; 24:4; 27:27; 31:11, 15, 21, 27). The “contents” that fill a home could be solid or undesirable, inasmuch as they're obtained through ability reasonable or foul, by means of knowledge or folly, and inasmuch as they're acceptable or becoming. A impressive example of this moral polarity in provisioning looks within the use of exact language in Prov 24:4 and within the first parental “lecture” in Prov 1:13. There the depraved robbers say, “We will locate all (sorts of ) wealth, priceless and beautiful; we are going to fill our condo with booty” (cf. playstation 112:3; track 8:7; Sir 1:17; 23:11). the importance of the home imagery in Proverbs in basic terms raises while its interplay with the metaphors of “women” and “ways,” in particular in Proverbs 1–9, is stored in brain (see 2:16–19; 5:2– eight; 7:6–27; 8:32–34; 9:1–6, 13–18). sixty two at the cosmic point, the monotheistic provision for production in Prov 3:20 (“By his wisdom the deeps have been cut up, and the clouds drop dew”) unearths a polytheistic parallel in a Assyrian cliché that spells out the purpose of Prov 3:20.

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