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Instruction and Imagery in Proverbs 1-9$
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Stuart Weeks

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291540.001.0001

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The ‘Foreign Woman’ and the Path Imagery

The ‘Foreign Woman’ and the Path Imagery

(p.128) 5 The ‘Foreign Woman’ and the Path Imagery
Instruction and Imagery in Proverbs 1-9

Stuart Weeks (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

‘Foreign woman’ would have been a familiar term in the post-exilic Jewish context, evoking ideas of corruption and apostasy central both to a recent controversy (described in Ezra and Nehemiah), and to the longstanding Deuteronomic/ Deuteronomistic theme that probably provoked the controversy. The presentation of this character in Proverbs 1-9 is consistent with an origin in such earlier ideas, and the motif of corruption is also linked with path imagery in other literature. There, we find associations between deviation from a path and apostasy, along with other detailed correspondences to the figure in Proverbs 1-9. It is difficult to ignore such materials when considering the origins of the characterizations and images in our work.

Keywords:   Foreign woman, Path, Deuteronomic, Ezra, Nehemiah, Apostasy

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