The Contribution of Egyptian Wisdom to the Study of Biblical Wisdom Literature

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Although the wisdom genre was prevalent in many Ancient Near Eastern cultures, including sumer, Babylon, Canaan, and even Emar (Syria), Egyptian wisdom has proved to be the most important for the study of biblical wisdom literature. As 1 Kgs 5:10 informs us, it was widely known and esteemed during the biblical period, solomon’s wisdom “surpassing the wisdom of all the people of the east (כני קךם), and all the wisdom of Egypt.” The publication of this corpus thus constituted a watershed in the modern study of biblical wisdom literature.¹ This discussion demonstrates how comparison of the biblical and Egyptian wisdom
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWas There a Wisdom Tradition? New Prospects in Israelite Wisdom Studies
EditorsM.R. Sneed
Place of PublicationAtlanta
PublisherSBL Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781628371017
ISBN (Print)9781628371000
StatePublished - 2015


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