Old Testament Wisdom : An Introduction

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp

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For thirty years, James Crenshaw's Old Testament Wisdomhas been the premier introduction to the wisdom books of the Old Testament. That tradition continues with this newly updated edition. This popular textbook introduces readers to the wisdom tradition as well as the biblical books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and the Wisdom of Solomon. In addition, Crenshaw offers expert analysis of the legacy of wisdom in other parts of the canon and in other cultures, offering new insights and fresh perspectives that can only come from one so well versed on the significance of Old Testament wisdom.

Author Biography

James L. Crenshaw is Robert L. Flowers Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School and is the world's leading expert on Old Testament wisdom.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Editionp. ix
Preface to the Revised Editionp. xi
Preface to the Third Editionp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introduction: On Defining Wisdomp. 1
The World of Wisdomp. 23
The Sapiential Traditionp. 41
The Pursuit of Knowledge: Proverbsp. 61
The Search for Divine Presence: Jobp. 97
The Chasing after Meaning: Ecclesiastesp. 127
The Quest for Survival: Sirachp. 155
The Widening Hunt: Wisdom of Solomon, Psalms with Affinities to Wisdom, and Beyondp. 181
The Reciprocating Touch: Knowledge of God in Wisdom Literaturep. 207
Wisdom's Legacyp. 229
Egyptian and Mesopotamian Wisdom Literaturep. 251
Conclusionp. 273
Bibliography (Selected and Annotated)p. 277
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 289
Index of Authorsp. 296
Index of Hebrew and Greek Wordsp. 302
Index of Subjectsp. 304
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