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An Introduction to Israel's Wisdom Traditions

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It can be a challenge to understand the Hebrew Bible’s wisdom literature and how it relates to biblical history and theology, but John L. McLaughlin makes this complicated genre straightforward and accessible.

This introductory-level textbook begins by explaining the meaning of wisdom to the Israelites and surrounding cultures before moving into the conventions of the genre and its poetic forms. The heart of the book examines Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), and the Deuterocanonical Ben Sira and Wisdom of Solomon. McLaughlin also explores the influence of wisdom throughout the Old Testament and in the New Testament.

Key Features

  • Designed especially for beginning students and readers
  • Grounded in Mclaughlin's 25 years of experience teaching Wisdom Literature
  • Examines the larger Jewish wisdom tradition beyond the Hebrew Bible into the deuterocanon


  • Introduction: The Nature of Wisdom
  • The International Context for Israel's Wisdom
  • The Expression of Wisdom
  • Proverbs
  • Job
  • Qoheleth
  • Ben Sira
  • The Wisdom of Solomon
  • Wisdom Influence in the First Testament
  • Wisdom Theology
  • The Continuation of Wisdom

Praise for the Print Edition

Offers an excellent, accessible reading of wisdom across the Bible. McLaughlin brings readers into the world of wisdom ranging from Egypt to Mesopotamia, and he masterfully presents the conventions of Hebrew poetry. . . . A pleasure to read, most highly recommended.

—Mark S. Smith, Princeton Theological Seminary

A welcome introduction to an understudied and underappreciated body of biblical literature. McLaughlin provides helpful, concise, and insightful discussions of all of the wisdom books found in the Hebrew Bible and the Deuterocanon.

—Gary N. Knoppers, University of Notre Dame

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In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Associate Professor, University of St. Michael’s College.

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    Digital list price: $17.99
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