Context in the Sayings Collections

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270072
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683879 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Context in the Sayings                         Collections

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When studying the nature of the major sections in Proverbs, it is the ‘sentence literature’ — of which the largest collections are found in chapters 10. 1–22 and chapters 25–9 — that poses the greatest difficulties to method. Some scholars have been inclined to disregard altogether the presentation of the sayings in collections, while others perceive in the collections intricate and subtle patterns which are vital indications of a deeper meaning. In view of this confusion, this chapter examines the whole question of what constitutes a ‘collection’ in Proverbs, and considers the significance of such a concept in interpreting the sayings and understanding the tradition.

Keywords: Proverbs; sentence literature; wisdom literature; sayings

Chapter.  8026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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