In his last major work, Gerhard von Rad asserts that the Hebrew conception of wisdom involved an “encounter with the world as the creation of God.” Arguing that the wisdom teachers radically reinterpreted earlier creedal formulations, von Rad demonstrates that Hebrew wisdom was fundamentally different from both the teachings of the Pentateuch and the prophetic movement. Basing his study on a wide range of literary materials such as the books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Wisdom of Ben Sirach, von Rad provides a foundational text for understanding the ancient Hebrews’ conception of wisdom.
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