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The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521121064

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  • The book of Proverbs is the starting point of the biblical wisdom tradition. But how did individual proverbs, instructions and poems come together to form the various collections we have today? Katharine Dell explores the possible social contexts for this varied material in the royal court, wisdom schools and popular culture. She draws shrewdly on materials from the wisdom traditions of the ancient Near East, in particular Egypt, in order to bolster and enhance her theories. She argues that Proverbs had a theological purpose from its conception, with God's creativity being an integral theme of the text rather than one added in later redactions. Dell also shows that echoes of other Old Testament genres such as prophecy, law and cult can be found in Proverbs, notably in chapters 1-9, and that its social and theological context is much broader than scholars have recognised in the past.

    • The theology of the book of Proverbs set in its Ancient Near Eastern context
    • A fresh perspective on the role of Yahweh in the book of Proverbs
    • Key evidence for links with other biblical genres within Proverbs itself
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    "This study is an important corrective to several false assumptions about the book of Proverbs. Dell's systematic exposition and sustained interest in theological content make this a useful resource." -- Interpretation

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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521121064
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Social context(s) in Proverbs 1-9
    2. Social context(s) in Proverbs 10:1-22:16
    3. Social context(s) in Proverbs 22:17-31:31
    4. Mention of Yahweh in Proverbs
    Conclusion.

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    Katharine J. Dell, University of Cambridge

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