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Ansberry, Christopher B.

Be Wise, My Son, and Make My Heart Glad

An Exploration of the Courtly Nature of the Book of Proverbs

Series:Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 422

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    December 2010
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    The social and intellectual context of the material in the book of Proverbs has given rise to several proposals concerning the nature of the constituent compendia within the document as well as the function of the discourse as a whole. In light of the problems inherent in an investigation of the nature and function of Proverbs, the present study focuses on the social dimensions of the document within its distinct, literary context. That is, the study attempts to examine the nature and function of the sapiential material within its new performance context, viz., the discursive context, the Sitz im Buch. This form of analysis moves beyond the investigation of individual aphorisms to provide a concrete context through which to view the various components of the discourse as well as the discourse as a whole. In the main, the study explores the formal, discursive, and thematic features of the constituent collections within the book of Proverbs in order to identify the nature and function of the work. More specifically, the study highlights the fundamental features of the book’s discourse setting, the thematic development of the material, the ethos of the individual collections and their role within Proverbs in order to ascertain the degree to which the document may be considered a courtly piece.

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    xviii, 240 pages
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    Proverbs; Wisdom; Court; Exegesis

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    Christopher B. Ansberry, Wheaton College, IL, USA.


    "This is a well argued, thorough piece of work. Its fresh emphasis on the aristocratic nature of Proverbs is timely. [...] it is [...] a book that deserves to be taken seriously within the field."
    Katharine J. Dell in: The Expository Times 123/4

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    • I am only partially finished with this work - and am amazed at the depth of insight represented in Dr. Ansberry's work. This is a seminal and ground-breaking work on the progressive teaching structure of Proverbs. I am certain that Ansberry is going to make a mark on Biblical Wisdom studies for students all around the world. He has already begun to do so...

      posted by: Nathan Didlake on 2012-09-24 05:23 PM (Europe/Berlin)