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Proverbs, Book of
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I. Canonicity, Name, Authorship

The book of Proverbs, a primary wisdom text (Wisdom literature: II), and the books of Job and Qohelet, the two so-called secondary wisdom texts of the Bible, belong to the third division of the Hebrew canon, the Writings. It often follows Psalms and Job (b. B. Bat. 14b; cf. EJ IV, 829f.), with which it shares a distinctive accent system. In the rabbinic period, there is mention of s…

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Meinhold, Arndt, “Proverbs, Book of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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