The Solomonic Corpus of 'Wisdom' and Its Influence

Oxford University Press
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Solomon is the figurehead who holds the family of 'wisdom' texts together. In this study, Katharine Dell argues that a core of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes forms the inner sanctum of the 'Solomonic wisdom corpus', with the Song of Songs as a close relative, but Job at one remove. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song contain attributions to Solomon and demonstrate key 'wisdom' connections. Solomon is also portrayed as an idealized character in the narratives about him in 2 Sam. 24-1 Kings 11. He is the embodiment of wisdom, thus linking both the narrative portrayal and canonical memory of his significance. His connections with Egypt and Sheba shed light on how Solomon gained his reputation for wisdom, as do the roles in his court for scribes, sages, and seers. Formative wisdom themes, notably that of God as creator, characterize the book of Proverbs and also influenced certain 'wisdom psalms' and the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, texts which share links to wisdom ideas and contexts. For these prophets criticism of 'the wise' is a key concern. Dell introduces an intertextual method to open up fresh possibilities of ranging together different texts alongside the Solomonic corpus, without the constraints of probing literary or historical linkages: Ruth is considered with Proverbs, Genesis 1-11 with Ecclesiastes and the wider theme of gardens and water in the Hebrew Bible with the Song of Songs. While Solomon probably had very little to do with such readerly text-play, Dell's argument in The Solomonic Corpus of 'Wisdom' and Its Influence is that he is the lynch-pin that holds 'wisdom' in its core texts and wider family together.
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Katharine Dell is Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine's College. She did her PhD work in Oxford and had a first job there as Old Testament Tutor at Ripon College, Cuddesdon before moving to Cambridge in 1995. She is a world expert on the wisdom literature of the Old Testament and has written extensively on Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes. She has also written on prophetic texts in the light of 'wisdom influence', on ecological readings of texts and musical interpretations of Job. She has written an introductory textbook on wisdom and a second on the Old Testament as a whole as well as a book on the worth of the Old Testament in the light of the New Atheist attack on religion and the bible.
  • Cover
  • The Solomonic Corpus of 'Wisdom' and its Influence
  • Copyright
  • Preface
  • Contents
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • The Scholarly Path to Writing this Book
  • The Shape of this Book
  • Canon, Intertexts, and Genre in Recent Debate
  • The Theme of Creation in the Quest for 'wisdom' and Intertextual Connections
  • The Solomonic Corpus of 'Wisdom'
  • Chapter 1: Deciding the Boundaries of 'Wisdom': Applying the Concept of Family Resemblance
  • Classifying 'Wisdom'
  • Genre Criteria
  • An Alternative to Form Criticism?
  • An Alternative to 'Wisdom'?
  • Questions of Social Context
  • A Wisdom 'Core'
  • A 'Wisdom Family'?
  • Solomonic Wisdom
  • An Intertextual Afterthought
  • Chapter 2: The 'Wisdom' Continuum of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (without Job)
  • Job as 'Outlier'
  • Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as Central 'Core'
  • Formal Links
  • A Continuum of Ideas
  • Wisdom and Folly
  • Wider Implications
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3: The Third Solomonic Book: Does the Song of Songs have any Connections to 'Wisdom'?
  • Solomonic Attribution and References to the King
  • Editorial Links with the Wisdom Genre
  • Relationship to Wisdom Motifs and Female Configurations in Proverbs
  • Links with Woman Wisdom
  • Links with the Loose Woman
  • Other Areas of Connection with Wisdom Motifs
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4: 'The Lord Loved Him': Solomon as Idealized Character and Paradigm for Character Ethics
  • Following in David's Footsteps
  • A Pedagogical Narrative
  • Solomon's 'Wise' Early Years: Passive or Active?
  • Scholarly Evaluations of the I Kings 1-11 Narrative
  • Solomon's 'Wisdom'
  • 'Wise' Temple Building
  • Wisdom Exchange: Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
  • The 'Solomonic' Collection
  • Chapter 5: Solomon's Wisdom and the Egyptian Connection
  • Walter Brueggemann's Assessment
  • A Time of Transition
  • Solomon's Egyptian Connections
  • Other International Connections
  • Wisdom and Administration
  • The Wisdom Connection
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6: The Roots of Solomonic 'Wisdom' in the Pre-exilic Period (Focusing on Proverbs)
  • A Literary-Historical Approach
  • A Theological Approach
  • A Comparative Approach
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7: Scribes, Sages, and Seers in the First Temple
  • Categories of Literate Persons
  • Scribes in the Israelite Bureaucracy
  • Sages in the Israelite Courts
  • Seers/Mantic Sages in First Temple Judah
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8: 'I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre' (Psalm 49: 4 [5]): A Cultic Setting for Wisdom Psalms?
  • Non-cultic Psalms?
  • Cult and Education
  • Cultic Indications in 'Wisdom' Texts
  • Theological Criteria Linking to Creation Ideas
  • Chapter 9: 'By me kings reign and rulers declare what is just' (Prov 8:15): Isaiah 1-39 and Wisdom
  • Two Key Texts with 'Wisdom' Links
  • Isaiah 5:8-24
  • Isaiah 28:23-29
  • A Key Theological Theme: Isaiah 11:1-9
  • Contextual Issues
  • Chapter 10: Jeremiah, Creation and Wisdom
  • The Place of Creation Themes in Jeremiah
  • Wisdom Forms in Jeremiah
  • Wisdom Content in Jeremiah
  • The Context of Wisdom in Jeremiah and the Question of 'The Wise'
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11: Didactic Intertextuality: Proverbial Wisdom as Illustrated in Ruth
  • Proper Portion
  • Discipline and Hope
  • Friendship and Family Loyalty
  • Hard Work
  • Entreaty
  • Inappropriate Touching
  • A True Reward
  • Humility
  • Generosity of Spirit
  • Kindness
  • Redemption
  • Obeying Instructions
  • A Worthy Woman/Wife
  • At the City Gate
  • Building up Your House
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 12: 'Exploring Intertextual Links between Ecclesiastes and Genesis 1-11'
  • Looking for Intertexts or Authorial Use
  • ??? and Abel
  • Creation's Cycles and Order
  • Eccl 2:4-6 and Eden
  • Toil
  • Time
  • Man as 'Dust' and 'Fallen'
  • Good and Evil
  • Women and Death
  • Evaluation of Findings
  • Chapter 13: The Watered (Edenic) Garden (Genesis 2-3) in the Song of Songs and Beyond: An Intertextual Approach
  • The Watered Garden
  • Individual Gardens
  • The Genesis Link
  • The 'Garden of The LORD'
  • Wisdom Connections?
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index Locorum
  • Index of Names
  • General Index

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