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Wisdom Literature - part one

Wisdom Literature - part one

Wisdom movements are universal in the ancient world and, from a certain perspective, they influenced or even were the basis or the models of biblical movements.

ECTS Credits: 3
Professor: Fr Hervé Tremblay OP

 

- Part one-

Wisdom movements are universal in the ancient world and, from a certain perspective, they influenced or even were the basis or the models of biblical movements. Some would even claim that the biblical Wisdom books (Proverbs; Job; Psalms; Qoheleth; Sirach; the Song of Songs; the Book of Wisdom) cannot be properly understood if not in relation to this original background. Others have believed that the label « wisdom » would imply an undue influence of the biblical world, but between the ANE and biblical Wisdom writings there are indeed enough similarities to allow such a label. We will present here a general introduction, followed by a brief presentation of two main cultural worlds: Egypt and Mesopotamia.

 

A. General Introduction


1- Wisdom Movements in the Ancient Near East
2- Wisdom Movements in the Bible



B. Introduction to the book of Proverbs


1- Structure of the Book
2- Analysis
3- Intra-biblical Similarities
4- Sitz im Leben
5- Extra-biblical Literary Similarities
6- Literary History
7- The Message
8- Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs
9- Canonicity and Liturgical Use
10- Literary Genres of Wisdom Literature


C. Introduction to the Book of Job


1- Place in the Canon
2- Historical Frame
3- Literary genre
4- Literary Parallels
5- Author
6- Dating
7- Literary Unity
8- Text
9- Literary Aspects
10- Teaching of the book
11- Theology of the book