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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.

Course code: THEN16

Course description

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.

Table of contents

  • General Introduction
  • Wisdom Movements in the Ancient Near East
  • Wisdom Movements in the Bible
  • Introduction to the book of Proverbs
  • Introduction to the Book of Job