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The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature (review)

The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature (review) THE TREE OF LIFE: AN EXPLORATION OF BIBLICAL WISDOM LITERATURE. By Roland E. Murphy. Second edition. Pp. xi + 233. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996. Paper, $22.00. Roland E. Murphy, one of the acclaimed doyens of the study of biblical wisdom literature, brings his expertise and breadth of knowledge-his wisdom-to bear in this "exploration." After an introductory chapter, Murphy the books generally accepted as constituting the corpus of scriptural (and apocryphal or deuterocanonical) wisdom books, offering one chapter for each. The chapter titles define and help problematize each book: "Proverbs: The Wisdom of Words"; "Job the Steadfast"; "Qoheleth the Skeptic"; "Ben Sira-Wisdom's Traditionalist"; "The Wisdom of Solomon-A View from the Diaspora." These are followed by two thematic chapters, the first in which Murphy probes wisdom echoes found in other biblical books and the second broaching theological concerns in wisdom literature. This section of the volume concludes with a chapter examining "Lady Wisdom." These nine chapters are followed by the Appendix in which Murphy offers brief treatments of ancient Near Eastern wisdom material, presented separately from the other chapters so "they do not interfere with the exposition of the biblical books" (p. 151). Nonetheless, to a limited extent the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hebrew Studies National Association of Professors of Hebrew

The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature (review)

Hebrew Studies , Volume 41 (1) – Oct 5, 2000

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THE TREE OF LIFE: AN EXPLORATION OF BIBLICAL WISDOM LITERATURE. By Roland E. Murphy. Second edition. Pp. xi + 233. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996. Paper, $22.00. Roland E. Murphy, one of the acclaimed doyens of the study of biblical wisdom literature, brings his expertise and breadth of knowledge-his wisdom-to bear in this "exploration." After an introductory chapter, Murphy the books generally accepted as constituting the corpus of scriptural (and apocryphal or deuterocanonical) wisdom books, offering one chapter for each. The chapter titles define and help problematize each book: "Proverbs: The Wisdom of Words"; "Job the Steadfast"; "Qoheleth the Skeptic"; "Ben Sira-Wisdom's Traditionalist"; "The Wisdom of Solomon-A View from the Diaspora." These are followed by two thematic chapters, the first in which Murphy probes wisdom echoes found in other biblical books and the second broaching theological concerns in wisdom literature. This section of the volume concludes with a chapter examining "Lady Wisdom." These nine chapters are followed by the Appendix in which Murphy offers brief treatments of ancient Near Eastern wisdom material, presented separately from the other chapters so "they do not interfere with the exposition of the biblical books" (p. 151). Nonetheless, to a limited extent the

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