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TOT 455-462,472-477


  • What tells us that works like Proverbs might have been taught in a family setting?
  • How did copying Proverbs prepare young men for the civil service, according to our book?
  • Who is the pseudonymous author of works like Proverbs, and why?
  • How do we know the pseudonymous author of Proverbs is not the real one?
  • Who is the strange woman?
  • How is proverbs essentially patriarchal?
  • What are some of the near Eastern gods Wisdom is compared to by our textbook?


  • When was this text probably written and why?
  • The book offers three explanations for the work's contradictions. What are two of them?
  • How is the Hebrew term "hebel" used here and elsewhere in the bible?
  • How does this work incorporate a caution about its subversive nature?
  • What insights about Sheol can we gather from Iron Age grave goods?
  • What insight can we gain from "prohibitions and condemnations of necromancy"?
  • What post-hellenistic writing in the bible reflect survival of the soul without the body? What Greek school influenced it?
  • In what "context" did ideas about bodily resurrection emerge?