Goochem in Mokum, Wisdom in Amsterdam

Papers on Biblical and Related Wisdom Read at the Fifteenth Joint Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study and the Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap, Amsterdam July 2012


This collection of essays is focused on the wisdom traditions of the Hebrew Bible, including the Book of Sira. The Biblical books are read as literary works on their own as well as in an Ancient Near Eastern setting. Some essays scrutinize Greek and Hellenistic wisdom traditions. The authors refrain from a definition of ‘wisdom’ which would have been a reductionist exercise in view of the great variety of material and the complexity of the perennial problems (wo)mankind is confronted with.

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Biographical Note

George J. Brooke, Ph.D. Claremont, D.D. Oxford, is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Manchester, England. His recent books include Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method (2013) and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament (2005).

Pierre Van Hecke, Ph.D. (2000) in Oriental Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium and Ph.D. (2006) in Theology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, is Professor of Languages and Cultures of Syria-Palestine, and of Hebrew Bible at KU Leuven. He has published on biblical metaphor, on Hebrew linguistics and on the book of Job.

Bob Becking is Professor Emeritus of the University of Utrecht.

Eibert Tigchelaar, Ph.D. 1994 Groningen, is Professor of Biblical Studies at the KU Leuven. He has published extensively on the Dead Sea Scrolls, is the editor of the Journal for the Study of Judaism, and co-editor of The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition (Brill).

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Contributors are: Pancratius C. Beentjes, George J. Brooke, David J.A. Clines, Katharine Dell, J. Cheryl Exum, Jan Fokkelman, Alastair G. Hunter, John Jarrick, Mart-Jan Paul, Pierre Van Hecke, J. Cornelis de Vos and Stuart Weeks.


All interested in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, wisdom traditions and the influence of Hellenism on Jewish thought

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