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Wisdom and Law in the Old TestamentThe Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism$
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Joseph Blenkinsopp

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755036

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755036.001.0001

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God and the Moral Order

God and the Moral Order

(p.46) 3 God and the Moral Order
Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament

Joseph Blenkinsopp

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of how the sages of Israel, and of the ancient world in general, attempted to make sense of human existence by postulating an intrinsic connection between act and consequence, and thereby lay the basis for a morally significant life. It then examines the book of Job and analyses the biblical Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth).

Keywords:   Israel, sages, human existence, act, consequence, Job, Qoheleth, Ecclesiastes

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