collections of wise sayings, proverbs, and short stories that offer insights into the proper way to live
highly symbolic style of writing where hidden truths are revealed in a narrative framework
Hebrew Wisdom Literature
ALL ABOUT GOD, Fear of the Lord, respect and reverence, wonder and awe
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, Song of Songs
Wisdom Literature in the O.T.
Second half of the book of Daniel
only example of pureply apocalyptic literature
purpose of wisdom literature
Post exilic era
when was wisdom literature written?
why they're here, what will bring happiness, how to get along, and what will be meaningful
what does w. l. try to answer?
contrasting the behavior of a wise person and a foolish person
common style of writing
rejects belief that good is rewarded, and evil is punished. Wealthy man who loses everything and then has face to face encounter with God and gets faith restored
3 types of wisdom- knowledge, art of living before God, skill of making the right choices
"Qohelet" someone who calls assembly
last book of O.T. to be written. Hellenistic influence
updated provers for later challenges facing Israel.