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Bibil Identifier bibil:237532
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Concept of "Reward" in Proverbs: A Diachronic or Synchronic Approach?
Author Forti, Tova
Journal Currents in Biblical Research (Volume: 12, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 129-145 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The book of Proverbs appears to employ two alternative conceptual paradigms with respect to the evaluation of human actions: the pragmatic-utilitarian model of the "deed-consequence nexus", and the theological notion of divine retribution. These conceptual frameworks have frequently been adduced as evidence of diachronic stratification in the book—an older layer promoting pragmatic-mundane wisdom and a later level of theological elaboration. This article examines the various arguments made for viewing Proverbs as either synchronic or diachronic. It also explores the possibility that the dual presence of the human and divine systems is a function of the seam between the author’s didactic-utilitarian purpose and the conventional sapiential religious-moralistic view.
DOI 10.1177/1476993X12459635
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Proverbs
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Retribution
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods
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