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Wisdom literature

collections of wise sayings, proverbs, and short stories that offer insights into the proper way to live

apocalyptic literature

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

gaining wisdom

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.

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