Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions

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BRILL, 2008 - Religion - 314 pages
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This volume considers a major shift among Jewish sages during the Second Temple period, as certain authors moved from an earthly focus to a belief in individual immortality. Egyptian instructions and the book of Proverbs are examined for necessary background. The colorful responses of Qoheleth and Ben Sira to an emergent belief in the afterlife are also discussed. 4QInstruction, the largest Wisdom text from the Dead Sea Scrolls corpus, demonstrates this shift to an eschatological understanding. This book considers the diverse reasons for the changes that one finds in 4QInstruction, especially the issue of social context. It will prove useful to those interested in Wisdom literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocalypticism, and the development of beliefs in the afterlife.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One Act and Consequence in Egyptian Instructions
15
Chapter Two Act and Consequence in the Book of Proverbs
53
The Book of Ecclesiastes
101
Chapter Four Ben Siras Apologetic Response
153
Mystery and Eschatology in 4QInstruction
215

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Samuel L. Adams, Ph.D. (2006) at Yale University, is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. His research interests include Wisdom literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Egyptology.

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