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Proverbs, Book of
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1. Description

The Book of Proverbs, together with the Books of Job and Ecclesiastes, belongs to the Wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible. It thus belongs to a literary category that was widespread and greatly enjoyed in the ancient world because it transmitted the experience of past generations about the right ways of dealing with God and others. By means of its sayings and teachings, it promised a life1) that would be long, happy, and successful.

Because Solomon traditionally ranked as the wisest king of Is…

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Kaiser, Otto, “Proverbs, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.169>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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