Education in Wisdom

E. W. Heaton

in The School Tradition of the Old Testament

Published in print October 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263623
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601156 | DOI:
Education in Wisdom

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This chapter analyses the ‘wisdom’ and school traditions in the Old Testament books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, as shown by the instructions that they both give on various matters. Although the two books differ radically in various respects, a comparison between them shows that they give a range of common advice, and also exhibit a similarity in their use of literary genres. Comparisons are also drawn between Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and various much earlier Egyptian school instruction manuals. Many quotations are included to illustrate the points being made.

Keywords: advice; Bible; comparisons; Ecclesiastes; Egyptian school-books; instructions; Israeli school tradition; literary style; Old Testament; Proverbs

Chapter.  9553 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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