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Wisdom literature
(3,886 words)

I. Ancient Near East

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A. Definition

When applying the term wisdom literature (WL) to ancient Mesopotamian literature we need to distinguish between the idea of wisdom (Akkadian nēmequ, Sumerian nam.kù.zu, 'precious knowledge') [10; 11] as 'wealth of general human experience' and the concept of wisdom as expertise in a cult. On the one hand, there are a number of non-homogenous, formally different literary genres in which…

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Böck, Barbara (Madrid), Quack, Joachim (Berlin), S.SC., Hollender, Elisabeth (Cologne) and Toral-Niehoff, Isabel (Freiburg), “Wisdom literature”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12209920>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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