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Instruction and Imagery in Proverbs 1-9

Stuart Weeks


Proverbs 1-9 is often characterized as an anthology of materials, loosely related to the ‘instructions’ composed in Egypt and elsewhere, and possibly originating in an educational setting. This book argues that it is, instead, a sophisticated poetic work, with a basic unity of composition and message. Beginning with an examination of the Egyptian instructions, which are themselves poetic and testamentary rather than pedagogical, the study explores the way in which Proverbs 1-9 combines conventions of the instruction genre with a figurative representation of the reasons for instruction. Drawing ... More

Keywords: Proverbs, Wisdom, Torah, Instructions, Imagery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Weeks, author
Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew, Durham University
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