Female imagery in proverbs 1-9 in the light of Egyptian sources

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The enigmatic figure of the personified Wisdom described in Proverbs 1 and 8, appears in contrast with the image of Folly in chapter 9. Both figures, the Wisdom and the Folly have common features with the Strange Woman mentioned in Proverbs 2, 5, 6 and 7. The purpose of the present paper is to clarify the identity of the Strange Woman in the light of recently published Egyptian sources and thus to throw light on the rest of the female imagery in the book of Proverbs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-323
Number of pages14
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • Egyptian wisdom literature
  • Strange Woman and Lady Wisdom
  • comparative research
  • realistic and metaphoric strata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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