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The book of Proverbs is the starting point of the biblical wisdom tradition. But how did individual proverbs, instructions and poems come together to form the various collections we have today? Katharine Dell explores the possible social contexts for this varied material in the royal court, wisdom schools and popular culture. She draws shrewdly on materials from the wisdom traditions of the ancient Near East, in particular Egypt, in order to bolster and enhance her theories. She argues that Proverbs had a theological purpose from its conception, with God's creativity being an integral theme of the text rather than one added in later redactions. Dell also shows that echoes of other Old Testament genres such as prophecy, law and cult can be found in Proverbs, notably in chapters 1-9, and that its social and theological context is much broader than scholars have recognised in the past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521633055
ISBN-10: 0521633052
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Katharine J. Dell

Katharine Dell is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Her publications include Seeking A Life that Matters: Wisdom for Today from the Book of Proverbs (2002).

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