Proverbs and the Court

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

Proverbs and the Court

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This chapter examines the issues that directly affect our understanding of the origins and nature of wisdom literature in Israel, looking at evidence drawn principally from Proverbs itself. Specifically, it addresses the issue: do the contents or presentation of material in any part of Proverbs suggest an origin or redaction within the royal court or bureaucracy? The chapter looks at the superscriptions and court and king sayings in Proverbs, and concludes that neither provides significant evidence for the composition or redaction of wisdom literature in and for the royal court.

Keywords: Proverbs; wisdom literature; superscriptions; king sayings; royal court; redaction

Chapter.  6584 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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