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The Leopard’s Spots: Biblical and African Wisdom in Proverbs

by Golka, Friedemann W.

T&T Clark 2004

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Overview

Golka revisits three traditional ideas which have dominated current Old Testament scholarship: the claim that there were schools in ancient Israel; that in these schools a professional class of “wise men” taught; and that their teaching consisted of the moral standards of the civil service. Professor Golka disputes the claim of Old Testament scholarship that biblical proverbs were literary works of art, much of it influenced by the civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia. By comparing biblical proverbs to those of foreign tribal societies, he concludes that the proverbs of the Hebrew Bible derive from a tribal society of the Israel existing within the period of the Judges. In this ground-breaking work, Golka reveals the extent to which the sources and results of social anthropology can be used in Old Testament scholarship to make significant new findings.

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Key Features

  • Preface by the author
  • A paper on ‘The Biblical Joseph Story and Thomas Mann’s Novel’
  • Bibliographical references and indexes

Product Details

  • Title: The Leopard’s Spots: Biblical and African Wisdom in Proverbs
  • Author: Friedemann W. Golka
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 140

About Friedemann W. Golka

Friedemann W. Golka is a professor of Old Testament at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. He is the coauthor of Revelation of God: A Commentary on the Books of the Song of Songs and Jonah and What Does the Old Testament Say about God