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Wisdom Literature
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

Words for wisdom display a great range of meanings, which need to be taken into account in discussing Wisdom literature. Etymologically the words wise and wisdom (also Ger. Wissen, “knowledge”) derive from the Proto-Indo-European root *weid- (cf. Sanskrit vid- with its derivatives veda, “[religious] knowledge,” and vidya, “knowledge”; also Lat. videre, “see”). Gk γνῶσις/gnṓsis, “knowledge” (including the technical term …

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Hutter, Manfred, Lange, Armin, Lips, Hermann v. and Bagordo, Andreas, “Wisdom Literature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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