Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Wisdom of the Book of Wisdom, Proverbs


Introduction to Proverbs



A medieval depiction of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

The Book of Proverbs, Mishle in Hebrew, is, from it’s opening lines, intended as a guide from a father to his son, based, not only on the father’s teachings, but the mother’s guidance as well.


The opening line attributes it to King Solomon, an appropriate attribution, as he is described, in the historical record of the Book of Kings, as the wisest man, of world-wide renown. While it is hard to pinpoint an exact attribution, much material may well have been from his time. Different chapters in Proverbs have different attributes, such as the circles of scholars under King Hezekiah, or a King Lemuel. Much material may have come from other cultures and it has been noted that some material is from an Egyptian wisdom collection, "Wisdom of of Amenemope,” contemporaneous ( give or take a few centuries)  with Solomon.


Here is my discussion, in two separate videos:

https://youtu.be/Yl5QAnkF6FA, from June 4 and 11


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