What I personally find most remarkable about this find is that the citations are somewhat representative of what survives of Middle Egyptian literature, at least as far as Middle Egyptian wisdom literature
Focusing on the Book of Proverbs, the Book of Ben Sira, and the Wisdom of Solomon as exemplary works of Jewish wisdom literature
, this investigation of disciplinary terminology will reveal how these sources value discipline as both educational content and the (typically punitive) means of acquiring this content.
This culminates with a marvelous exegesis of the oldest and murkiest wisdom literature
of the Jewish/Christian scriptures: the Book of Job.
Among the topics are ethics in the wisdom literature
of the Old Testament, literary and linguistic matters in the book of Proverbs, reading Qohelet's building experiment with psychoanalytic spatial theory, the absence of wisdom in the wilderness, and Ben Sira's table manners and the social setting of his book.
Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of text interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom literature
, and philosophical texts.
The editors note that their scholarly interests intersect in wisdom literature
and have therefore subtitled the Festschrift with a phrase from the prologue to the Book of Sirach, "opportunity for no little instruction.
The actual texts included are too numerous to mention here, but among them are the Septuagint; the Book of Jubilees; Pseudo-Philo's Book of Biblical Antiquities; generous selections of the writings of Philo and Josephus; various testaments, including the Testament of Abraham and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs; wisdom literature
, such as the Wisdom of Solomon and the Wisdom of Ben Sira; stories set in biblical and early post-biblical times, such as Joseph and Asenath, Judith, and Tobit; historical writings from post-biblical times, including 1 and 2 Maccabees; and numerous sectarian texts found at Qumran, such as the Rule of the Community and the Temple Scroll.
In considering a Christian theological view of wisdom, Goldsworthy (2011) prescribes a particular methodology where one begins with Christology (the person and work of Jesus), then moves to the messianic narratives of the Old Testament, then considers the more general wisdom literature
of the Old Testament, and finally makes connections between wisdom and how God is revealed in the world.
Adams arranges his results in five chapters: family life and marriage, the status of women and children, work and financial exchanges, taxation and the role of the state, and the ethics of wealth and poverty in wisdom literature
This anthology of poems is part of a subset of biblical writings known as wisdom literature
Wisdom and Torah; the reception of 'Torah' in the wisdom literature
of the Second Temple Period.
This epistle's consistent ethical concern with behavior is reminiscent of wisdom literature
found in the Old Testament such as the book of Proverbs and in other ancient Near Eastern cultures.