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The School Tradition of the Old TestamentThe Bampton Lectures for 1994$
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E. W. Heaton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198263627.001.0001

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Education in Wisdom

Education in Wisdom

(p.65) IV Education in Wisdom
The School Tradition of the Old Testament

E. W. Heaton

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the ‘wisdom’ and school traditions in the Old Testament books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, as shown by the instructions that they both give on various matters. Although the two books differ radically in various respects, a comparison between them shows that they give a range of common advice, and also exhibit a similarity in their use of literary genres. Comparisons are also drawn between Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and various much earlier Egyptian school instruction manuals. Many quotations are included to illustrate the points being made.

Keywords:   advice, Bible, comparisons, Ecclesiastes, Egyptian school-books, instructions, Israeli school tradition, literary style, Old Testament, Proverbs

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