In the book of Proverbs
, wisdom is personified and speaks: "'I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
The assumption that the authors responsible for the book of Proverbs
belonged to the upper class, which Collins accepts, has been nuanced by R.
Winton Thomas' suggestion that there was a second root [Hebrew Text Omitted] in Hebrew meaning 'bring low, humiliate'; Ronald Clements, 'The Good Neighbour in the Book of Proverbs
'; and Tryggve Mettinger, 'Intertextuality: Allusion and Vertical Context Systems in Some Job Passages', a sophisticated attempt to apply modern literary methods to an Old Testament text.
The biblical Book of Proverbs
, traditionally associated with Solomon, actually includes sayings from earlier compilations.
Akoto-Abutiate uses the agricultural art of grafting as a metaphor to discuss selected proverbs from the Book of Proverbs
in the Hebrew Bible and some Eve folk proverbs from the Ghanaian cultural context.
The Book of Proverbs
says: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue".
The Book of Proverbs
advises us, 'Experience uses few words; discernment keeps a cool head.
Schrader acknowledges that punishment played a decisive role in education, both in the book of Proverbs
and in ancient Near Eastern literature.
"I was with Him forming all things, and was delighted every day," the Book of Proverbs
proclaims, "playing before Him at all times, playing in the world.
The book of Proverbs
sums up the value of mirth and jocularity with these words (17:22): "A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones."
His cautious conclusion is that there are only partial indications as to the processes whereby the book of Proverbs
came to exist in its present form, but that these processes were undoubtedly complex ones.
The topics include some historico-anthropological considerations of the words of Agur in Proverbs 30:1-9 and the Book of Proverbs
itself, Job and the reasons for a protest in Job 29-31, parallels of Ben Sira's wisdom in Tobit 4:3-19, the snowball and the cord of three strands in Qoheleth 4:12b in the rabbinic tradition, the hereafter in the Book of Wisdom, Melchisedek in Psalm 110:4, and PsalmG 117:22-23 and the parable of the wicked vinedressers.
The Biblical book of Proverbs
is good on this subject, saying, among other things, "Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace" or "When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known" and finally, to sum up today's theme, "If you stay calm you are wise."
The photograph that sparked the invitation for three generations of Gillespie men was accompanied by a passage from the Book of Proverbs
: "There is honour in a great name."
Why do the same and similar proverbial sayings appear in more than one collection within the book of Proverbs
? To what extent does this repetition occur and what produced it?