Wisdom and Torah

The Reception of ‘Torah’ in the Wisdom Literature of the Second Temple Period

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A proper assessment of the manifold relationships that obtain between “wisdom” and “Torah” in the Second Temple Period has fascinated generations of interpreters. The essays of the present collection seek to understand this key relationship by focusing attention on specific instances of the reception of “Torah” in Wisdom literature and the shaping of Torah by wisdom. Taking the concepts of wisdom and torah in the various literary strata of the book of Deuteronomy as a point of departure, the remainder of the book examines the relationship between wisdom and Torah in Wisdom literature of the Second Temple period, including Proverbs, Qohelet, Ps 19 and 119, Baruch, Ben Sira, Wisdom, sapiential and rewritten scriptural texts from Qumran, and the Wisdom of Solomon.

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Biographical Note

Bernd U. Schipper, Dr. theol. (1999, University of Bonn), Dr. phil. (2003, University of Hamburg) , is Professor (chair) of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Faculty of Theology of Humboldt University of Berlin. He has published monographs and many articles on the history of Biblical Israel, Egypt and the Hebrew Bible, and the book of Proverbs, including: Hermeneutik der Tora (de Gryuter, 2012).

David Andrew Teeter, Ph.D. (2008, University of Notre Dame, Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity), M.A. (2003, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Hebrew and Semitic Languages) is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School.

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...this rich volume will hopefully inspire scholars to continue the exploration of the wisdom and Torah discourse in ancient Judaism...

Elisa Uusimäki, University of Helsinki Enoch Seminar Online

Table of contents

Reinhard Müller, “The Blinded Eyes of the Wise”: Sapiential Tradition and Mosaic Commandment in Deut 16:19–20
Thomas Krüger, Israel’s Law and Wisdom according to Deut 4:5–8
Bernd U. Schipper, When Wisdom Is Not Enough! The Discourse on Torah and the Composition of the Book of Proverbs
Markus Witte, Job in Conversation with the Torah
Stuart Weeks, “Fear God and Keep His Commandments”: Could Qohelet Have Said That?
Karin Finsterbusch, Yahweh’s Torah and the Praying “I” in Psalm 119
Anja Klein, Half Way between Psalm 119 and Ben Sira: Wisdom and Torah in Psalm 19
Benjamin G. Wright III, Torah and Sapiential Pedagogy in the Book of Ben Sira
Sebastian Grätz, “Wisdom” and “Torah” in the Book of Baruch
William A. Tooman, Wisdom and Torah at Qumran: Evidence from the Sapiential Texts
Andrew Teeter, Wisdom, Torah, and the Composition of Rewritten Scripture: Jubilees and 11QPsa in Comparative Perspective
Reinhard G. Kratz, Rewriting Torah in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Joachim Schaper, Nόμος and Nόμοι in the Wisdom of Solomon
Afterword: Bernd U. Schipper, Wisdom and Torah – Insights and Perspectives

Readership

All interested in the literature and thought of Second Temple Judaism, and anyone concerned with sapiential literature within and beyond the Bible.

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