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An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus$
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Will Kynes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777373.001.0001

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(p.244) Conclusion
An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"

Will Kynes

Oxford University Press

This book concludes with a summary of Wisdom’s “obituary” and a proposal for the future study of wisdom as a concept. Relativizing Wisdom may revitalize the interpretation of its contents and the concept that unites them. Currently, scholars operate with a narrow (yet unclear) definition of Wisdom Literature based on the shared traits of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job, to which has been added a broad understanding of Wisdom’s influence, in which this narrow understanding is discovered in texts across the Hebrew Bible. I propose understanding the definition of wisdom as a concept broadly, based on the role of the concept and the diverse traits associated with it in the variety of texts in which they appear across the canon. After the death of the Wisdom Literature category, it is through this intertextual reintegration that both the concept of wisdom and the texts associated with it will be reborn.

Keywords:   Wisdom Literature, wisdom, Hebrew Bible, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job

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