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Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament: The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism (Joseph Blenkinsopp) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1995) 9780198755043
Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament: The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism (Joseph Blenkinsopp) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1995) 9780198755043
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Title: Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament: The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism

Author: Blenkinsopp, Joseph

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1995

Paperback; ISBN: 9780198755043

Edition: 2nd Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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This is a completely revised and expanded edition of a classic text. Drawing on recent work on legal and didactic material and including more literary interpretation, Blenkinsopp traces the course of two related key traditions--law and wisdom--throughout the history of Israel in the biblical period. He demonstrates their essential lines of continuity with classical Jewish thought and early Christian theology.Contents1 Sages, Scribes, and Counsellors The Writings: the third section of the Hebrew Bible The many faces of wisdom The professional sage Education in Israel 2 Education for Life Proverbs: the book The proverb The religious dimension The ethic of the sages The instruction Acrostics, numerical sayings, riddles Sapiential narrative 3 God and the Moral Order The link between act and consequence Political disaster and religious crisis Job Qoheleth The problem remains 4 The Growth of Israel's Legal Tradition Ordering life by law Law in early Israel The Covenant Code: Exodus 20:23-23:19 The Decalogue The Second Law: Deuteronomy, religious programme and civil constitution 5 Law in Early Judaism: Temple Community and Sect Cultic and ritual laws Wisdom and law in the Chronicler's work Law and legal exposition in Jewish sectarianism 6 Theological Wisdom The confluence of wisdom and law Job 28: inaccessible wisdom Proverbs 8:22-31: Wisdom, first-born of creation Ecclesiasticus 24:1-29: Torah assimilated to Wisdom The Wisdom of Solomon: towards a new synthesis Apocalyptic wisdom Wisdom in transition: some further developments Select Bibliography Index of Passages Cited General Index ReviewsPraise for the first edition: "An excellent little book. It combines serious scholarship with readability."--Mary M. McGlone, Avila College"An excellent treatment providing both overview and critical depth. ... Represents the culmination in thinking of one of the finest OT scholars alive today."--Donald G. Schley, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs"What a pleasure to find a book that takes seriously the meaning and importance of 'law' in the Hebrew Bible. ... This book is a helpful introduction to the current state of critical theology ... both informative and stimulating."--The Universe
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