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Wisdom Literature
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The Hebrew word ḥokmâ originally meant technical and intellectual understanding resting on experience. While statutes were associated with the priests, and the Word of God with the prophets, counsel typified the wise (Jer. 18:18). The quest for wisdom involves reflection on universal human concerns: the place of humanity within the world, especially the potential and limitations of the individual. In the Bible, it i…

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Kaiser, Otto and Myers, Allen C., “Wisdom Literature”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_W.18>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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