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Wisdom Literature - part two

Wisdom Literature - part two

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 two-

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.

 

 

D. Introduction to the book of Qoheleth


1- Name of the Book
2- Place in the Canon
3- Content
4- Text
5- Unity
6- Division / structure / plan
7- Language and style
8- Author
9- Dating
10- Canonicity
11- Legacy? School of wisdom?
12- Influences
13- Teaching
14- History of reception
15- Liturgical use


E. Introduction to the Song of songs


1- Name of the book
2- Place in the canon
3- General aspect
4- Structure - Plan
5- Literary aspects
6- Unity
7- Texts and versions
8- Sitz im Leben and literary form
9- The different interpretations of the Song of Songs
9.1 The allegorical interpretation
9.2 The literal interpretation
9.3 Toward an acceptable hermeneutics
10- Author and dating
11- Canonicity
12- Theology
13- History of the interpretation
14- Liturgical use


F. Introduction to the Book of Sirach


1- The author and his followers
2- The book
3- The Message
 


G. Introduction to the book of Wisdom


1- The book
2- The message
3- The author