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An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature" – The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus - Oxford Scholarship Online
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An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature": The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus

Will Kynes


In the rise of Wisdom Literature in less than a century from obscurity to ubiquity, a number of crucial questions have been left unanswered. Most fundamentally, when, how, and why did the category, comprised essentially of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job, develop? The definitional issues long plaguing Wisdom scholarship can be traced to that unquestioned “universal consensus.” This book unearths its origin, describes its distorting effect, and proposes an alternative approach. Absent from early Jewish and Christian interpretation, the Wisdom category first emerged in modern scholarship, with t ... More

Keywords: Wisdom Literature, genre, intertextuality, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, metacriticism, history of interpretation, network theory, conceptual blending

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198777373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Will Kynes, author
Assistant Professor of Theology, Whitworth University