The Wise in the Old Testament

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

The Wise in the Old                         Testament

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This chapter examines the references to ‘wise men’ and asks whether they are indeed references to a single class. If so, is this class associated with the state administration, and does this description itself imply some connection with the wisdom literature? It is argued that the use of ‘wise’ in the Old Testament cannot be used to determine the setting of the tradition represented in the wisdom literature because it shows no particular connection with the literary tradition.

Keywords: Proverbs; early wisdom literature; state administration; wise men; Old Testament

Chapter.  7483 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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