This collection of articles confirms Norman Whybray's place as one of the foremost contributors to scholarship on wisdom literature in the last three decades of the twentieth century. A former President of the Society for Old Testament Study, and winner of the British Academy's Burkitt Medal, Whybray wrote extensively on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes and his interests extended to Job, Ben Sira, and wider areas of concern such as the relationship of wisdom to other Old Testament books and genres. Including a Foreword by David Clines and an Introduction by Katharine J. Dell, this collection brings together for the first time all of Norman Whybray's articles in this subject, thus not only inspiring afresh, but also providing a useful resource for scholars interested in that enigmatic group of writings that make up the wisdom literature of the Old Testament.

part I|16 pages

Introductory Wisdom Articles

chapter 1|3 pages

Proverbs, Book of

chapter 2|4 pages

Slippery Words: IV Wisdom

chapter 3|2 pages


chapter 4|5 pages

Wisdom Literature

part III|86 pages


part IV|32 pages


part V|12 pages

Ecclesiasticus/Ben Sira

chapter 19|10 pages

Ben Sira and History

part VI|48 pages

The Social Context of Wisdom

chapter 21|24 pages

The Social World of the Wisdom Writers

chapter 22|8 pages

The Sage in the Israelite Royal Court

part VII|44 pages

Wisdom in Relation to Prophets and Psalms

chapter 23|19 pages

Prophecy and Wisdom

chapter 24|9 pages

The Wisdom Psalms

chapter 25|9 pages

Psalm 119: Profile of a Psalmist

part VIII|22 pages

Linking up with a Wider Theological Theme