Wisdom and the Reign of Solomon

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

Wisdom and the Reign of                         Solomon

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This chapter addresses the following questions: how historically reliable are the biblical traditions about Solomon's reign, and what can be deduced from those traditions about the origins and nature of wisdom literature in Israel? It examines the claim that the state administrative system in Israel was modelled after the Egyptian system. It argues that this claim has little to commend it, and thus any supposed imitation of the Egyptian administration cannot be used as evidence for the nature of Israelite wisdom.

Keywords: Proverbs; early wisdom literature; Solomon; Egypt; state administation

Chapter.  9261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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