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Education in ancient Israel : across the deadening silence
Crenshaw, James L.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, [1998]

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x, 305 pages ; 25 cm.
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Central Library LA47 .C74 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The writers of the Bible depended on other sources for much of their work, including the pseudepigrapha, madeavailable here in two volumes

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This book contains a series of thematic expositions on those books or passages found within the Bible that scholars commonly call "Wisdom Literature." Within this framework Crenshaw (Duke Univ.) pursues both historical and conceptual issues. An example of the former is his investigation into the existence of schools in the ancient Near East in general and in Israel in particular, while an example of the latter is his chapter probing whether the ancient sages who produced this literature thought of knowledge as something acquired by humans through discovery, or as a gift bestowed by God. This type of thematic approach has both good points and drawbacks. On the positive side, it allows the reader to see the complex set of intellectual questions that are raised by the existence and variety of these wisdom texts. On the negative side, such an approach precludes a systematic introduction to the whole corpus of wisdom literature and the current state of critical thinking about this corpus, thus making this book a bit less accessible to those readers with little previous exposure to these texts. Nevertheless, appropriate for general readers and all levels of academic readers. J. S. Kaminsky; Smith College

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