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An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"

The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus

Will Kynes

An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"

An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"

The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus

An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"

 

This work proposes a radical solution to the problems plaguing the interpretation of Wisdom literature. Kynes identifies the historical origin of the category and critically assesses its development and distorting effect on interpretation.


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Beschrijving An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"

An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature" considers the definitional issues long plaguing Wisdom scholarship. Will Kynes argues that Wisdom Literature is not a category used in early Jewish and Christian interpretation. It first emerged in modern scholarship, shaped by its birthplace in nineteenth-century Germany. Kynes casts new light on the traits long associated with the category, such as universalism, humanism, rationalism, empiricism, and secularism, which so
closely reflect the ideals of that time. Since it was originally assembled to reflect modern ideals, it is not surprising that biblical scholars have faced serious difficulties defining the corpus on another basis or integrating it into the theology of the Old Testament.

The problem, however, is not only why the texts were perceived in this one way, but that they are perceived in only one way at all. The book builds on recent theories from literary studies and cognitive science to create a new alternative approach to genre that integrates hermeneutical insight from various genre proposals. This theory is then applied to Job, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs, mapping out the complex textual network contributing to their meaning. With the death of the Wisdom Literature
category, both the so-called Wisdom texts and the concept of wisdom find new life.


ISBN
9780198777373
Pagina's
352
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NUR
700
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1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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