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The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

E. W. Heaton

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263623
eISBN:
9780191601156
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263627.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The books of the Old Testament are often thought of as being remote and ‘primitive’. In fact, they were written by thoroughly learned men, educated in the traditional schools of ancient Israel. This ... More


The Dying Cosmos: Qoheleth’s Misanthropic Principle

William P. Brown

in The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199730797
eISBN:
9780199777075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Theology

Though not a creation account per se, Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 features a portrait of creation that is entirely unique in the biblical corpus. Qoheleth, the ostensible author of most of Ecclesiastes, ... More


A Jerusalem School Inspected

E. W. Heaton

in The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263623
eISBN:
9780191601156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263627.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The first part of this chapter introduces the possibility that the writers of the Old Testament came from an Israeli school tradition – as opposed to being a group of ‘wise men’ with a ‘wisdom ... More


Education in Wisdom

E. W. Heaton

in The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263623
eISBN:
9780191601156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263627.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyses the ‘wisdom’ and school traditions in the Old Testament books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, as shown by the instructions that they both give on various matters. Although the two ... More


Prophets and Teachers

E. W. Heaton

in The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263623
eISBN:
9780191601156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263627.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The first part of this chapter examines the school tradition in the literary style of the teachings of the prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Book of the Twelve (the minor prophets) – which ... More


Honest Doubters

E. W. Heaton

in The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263623
eISBN:
9780191601156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263627.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The presuppositions of the comfortable outlook – ‘God’s in his heaven: All’s right with the world’ – had been questioned from time to time over the centuries, but Job and Ecclesiastes are the only ... More


Belief and Behaviour

E. W. Heaton

in The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263623
eISBN:
9780191601156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263627.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter looks at various aspects of belief and behaviour in the Old Testament, as reflected in the school tradition. It starts with an analysis of the discourse of Elihu in Job – six chapters ... More


Mystery: Appealing to Human Ignorance

James L. Crenshaw

in Defending God: Biblical Responses to the Problem of Evil

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195140026
eISBN:
9780199835607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140028.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Although the Bible frequently depicts God as eminently knowable, it also zealously protects divine secrecy. The deus revelatus is at the same time deus absconditus. Recognition that all knowledge of ... More


Wisdom in Israel

K. J. Dell

in Text in Context: Essays by Members of the Society for Old Testament Study

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263913
eISBN:
9780191601187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263910.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This is the third of six chapters on the Old Testament and its authors. Its subject is wisdom in Israel, and this involves the three wisdom texts of the Bible: Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, which ... More


Who Were the Heroes? An Exercise in Bi-testamentary Exegesis, with Christological Implications

Stanley Frost

in The Glory of Christ in the New Testament: Studies in Christology in Memory of George Bradford Caird

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263265
eISBN:
9780191682452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263265.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter presents an essay on the exegesis of two passages, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament, that are so alike in structure and purpose. These are passages about the ... More


God and the Moral Order

Joseph Blenkinsopp

in Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament: The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198755036
eISBN:
9780191695131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755036.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter begins with a discussion of how the sages of Israel, and of the ancient world in general, attempted to make sense of human existence by postulating an intrinsic connection between act ... More


The “Sincerely Wrong” Approach

Bruce Zuckerman

in Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195058963
eISBN:
9780199853342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058963.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The interpretations of the story of Bontsye Shvayg by Hilde Abel and Arnold Perl are the focus of this chapter. Abel’s rendition, the most widely read, believes that a bitter laugh is the only ... More


Life's Real Questions: Wisdom Literature In the Bible

Steven L. McKenzie

in How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature—Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, and What It Means for Faith Today

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195161496
eISBN:
9780199850419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161496.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Wisdom literature does not claim to be revelation from God—at least not in the same way as the other biblical genres we are exploring—nor does it describe God's revelation in history. Hence, Israel's ... More


Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Steven Cahn and Christine Vitrano

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

How should we evaluate the success of each person's life? Countering the prevalent philosophical perspective on the subject, this book defends the view that our well-being is dependent not on ... More


An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature": The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus

Will Kynes

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198777373
eISBN:
9780191823091
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777373.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In the rise of Wisdom Literature in less than a century from obscurity to ubiquity, a number of crucial questions have been left unanswered. Most fundamentally, when, how, and why did the category, ... More


Time in the Book of Ecclesiastes

Mette Bundvad

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198739708
eISBN:
9780191802652
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739708.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Uniquely within a Hebrew Bible context, the book of Qohelet engages at length with the theme of time, explicitly exploring the temporal situation of humanity. This book offers a detailed analysis of ... More


Entering the Holy of Holies: Rabbinic Midrash and the Language of Intimacy

Judith A. Kates

in Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225712
eISBN:
9780823237067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225712.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In the midst of a Mishnaic debate about the canonical status of the books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs—a debate couched in the Mishnah's halakhically technical terms of whether or ... More


Positive Psychology and Ancient Israelite Wisdom

Carol A. Newsom

in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199795734
eISBN:
9780199979691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter considers Israelite Wisdom literature via the lens of Positive Psychology. She finds the book of Proverbs to present a eudaimonic vision of happiness, in no small part because the book ... More


A Constructed Happiness: A Response from Practical Theology

Thomas G. Long

in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199795734
eISBN:
9780199979691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter highlights the eschatological dimension of biblical happiness, but notes that this dimension must be kept in constant balance with present concerns. This tensive balance means that ... More


“An Eternal Weight of Glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17): Discipline and Devotion in Monastic Life

Felice Lifshitz

in Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia: A Study of Manuscript Transmission and Monastic Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823256877
eISBN:
9780823261420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256877.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter studies the texts that served as guidelines for monastic life at Karlburg and Kitzingen during the eighth century, before the rise of prescriptive rules (such as the Rule of Benedict) in ... More


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