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Old Testament Books - Wisdom Literature
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Part of Old Testament Books:

1. Pentateuch

2. Historical Books

3. Wisdom Literature

4. Psalms

5. Prophets

1. The name. Towards 130 в.с., the grandson of ben Sirach, in the prologue to his Greek translation of his grandfather’s book, divided the national literature of Israel into “the law and the prophets and the other books”. What these “books” were, the ְכּתוּכיּם, we know from the Hebrew canon, which used the name for a series of books comprising the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah…

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Domenico Frangipane, “Old Testament Books - Wisdom Literature”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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