The Discourse of Wealth And Poverty in the Book of Proverbs

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BRILL, 2006 - Religion - 234 pages
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"The Discourse of Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs" argues that the discourse of wealth and poverty in Proverbs is more coherent than is usually thought, and is actually comprised of three distinct, but related subdiscourses of wealth and poverty. The key to discerning the three sub-discourses is recognizing the figurative interpretive possibilities of aspects of the text and the fact that a reading of the book as a whole requires, as a trope or figure does, a significant interpretive act. The book contains an Introduction that includes a discussion of "proverbs and metaphor," an initial chapter that reviews major studies of wealth and poverty in Proverbs followed by three chapters that examine particular passages in Proverbs in depth. A conclusion reviews the work's major conclusions and suggests a possible social-historical setting for the book. Scholars and students of biblical wisdom literature will find this study particularly useful.
  

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Contents

PROVERBS METAPHOR AND DISCOURSE
1
11 Why This Text?
4
12 Proverbs and Metaphorical Language
6
12b Folk Proverbs and Metaphor
10
12c Metaphoricity and the Gestalt of Proverbs
13
13 The Analysis of Discourse
19
13a Procedures
22
14 Conclusions
26
41b Figurative Wealth and Poverty Sayings
119
41c Further Figurative Sayings
124
41d The Comparative Valuing
128
41e The Value of Diligence
134
41f Conclusions
141
42 The Discourse of Social Justice in Proverbs 1031
142
42b Justice in Economic Practices
143
42c Kindness to the Poor
145

THE DISCOURSE OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN PROVERBS
29
21a The Ambiguity of Wealth and Poverty in Proverbs
31
21b The Scribes of Proverbs
39
21c The Date of Proverbs
41
22 The Instruction of Proverbs 19 and 1031
43
22a The Prologues Virtues
45
22b The Prologue as Hermeneutical Cue
49
22c The Two Ways as Hermeneutical Orientation
56
22d Wealth as Motivational Symbol
57
22e The ActConsequence Nexus
61
23 Conclusions and Thesis
66
THE DISCOURSE OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN PROVERBS 19
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32 Wealth as Motivational Symbol in Proverbs 29
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1416
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1011
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1821
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33 Direct Instruction in Proverbs 19
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910
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2728
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15
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34 Conclusions
112
THE WISDOMS VIRTUES DISCOURSE AND THE DISCOURSE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN PROVERBS
115
41 The Wisdoms Virtues Discourse in Proverbs 1031
117
42d Social Justice and the King
148
42e Conclusions
153
THE GESTALT OF PROVERBS AND THE DISCOURSE OF SOCIAL OBSERVATION IN PROVERBS 1031
155
51 The Wisdoms Virtues Discourse Revisited
156
51b Wealth Poverty and the Tropes of the Wise
167
51c Other Discourses of Desire
174
52 The Discourse of Social Justice Revisited
180
52a Care for the Poor
181
52b The Divine Concern for the Poor
183
52c Royalty and Justice for the Poor
184
53 The Discourse of Social Observation in Proverbs 1031
186
53b Excessive Wealth Lack and the Rich
188
53c The Critique of Wealths Social Ties
193
53d Ironic Wealth and Poverty Sayings
197
54 The Woman of Worth
201
CONCLUSION
205
62 Evaluating Wealth and Poverty in Proverbs
210
63 The SocialHistorical Setting
211
Select Bibliography
215
Index of Ancient Sources
223
Index of Modern Authors
229
Subject Index
232
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Timothy J. Sandoval received his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible for Emory University and is currently Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Chicago Theological Seminary. He is the editor, with Carleen Mandolfo, of Relating to the Text: Interdisciplinary and Form-Critical Insights on the Bible (2003) and is currently working on a project entitled Wisdom's Worth: Wealth, Poverty, and Value in Israelite Wisdom Literature.

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