The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jan 28, 2002 - Religion - 286 pages
Since 1990 Roland Murphy's Tree of Life has been a standard introduction to the wisdom literature of the Bible. Now The Tree of Life is available in a third edition, complete with a new preface by the author and a special supplement that surveys the latest developments in wisdom research.

This superb study thoroughly explores the wisdom writings of the Bible, interpreting this literature in a way that illumines the development of Israel's search for wisdom throughout its tumultuous history. Murphy looks at each wisdom book individually -- Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus, and Wisdom of Solomon -- and adds to them a discussion of wisdom from other parts of the Old Testament. His careful investigations expose the various guises that wisdom adopts -- the "fear of the Lord," moral formation, the universality of human experience, the mysteries of creation, and others.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PROVERBSTHE WISDOM OF WORDS
15
JOB THE STEADFAST
33
QOHELETH THE SKEPTIC?
49
BEN SIRAWISDOMS TRADITIONALIST
65
THE WISDOM OF SOLOMONA VIEW FROM THE DIASPORA
83
WISDOMS ECHOES
97
WISDOM LITERATURE AND THEOLOGY
111
LADY WISDOM
133
APPENDIX
151
ABBREVIATIONS
181
SELECTED AND ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
185
SUPPLEMENT
191
MILLENNIUM SUPPLEMENT
231
INDEX
283
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Page 2 - And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and largeness of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
Page 2 - And men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.

About the author (2002)

(1917-2002) Roland E. Murphy was George Washington Ivey Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus at Duke University and adjunct professor of biblical studies at the Washington Theological Union.

(1917 2002) Roland E. Murphy was George Washington Ivey Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus at Duke University and adjunct professor of biblical studies at the Washington Theological Union.

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