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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 Significance of Proverbs 1–9

The Significance of Proverbs 1–9

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Instruction and Imagery in Proverbs 1-9

Stuart Weeks (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The date and origin of Proverbs 1-9 are difficult to pin down, but its influence can be identified clearly in some subsequent Jewish literature (most notably Ben Sira and certain texts from Qumran). The imagery of the work is never reproduced in full, but elements of it are developed on the basis of an understanding close to that presented in this study. Proverbs 1-9 provides a link between these later texts and the other biblical wisdom texts; it also raises interesting questions about the way in which wisdom literature's focus upon the individual corresponds to the more corporate Deuteronomic literature in the post-exilic period. Proverbs 1-9 is an instruction, but that is not the key factor for determining its nature and meaning.

Keywords:   Date, Origin, Ben Sira, Qumran, Wisdom, Instruction, Individual

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