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By David Firth

This quantity surveys fresh advancements within the examine of previous testomony knowledge; discusses matters that experience arisen in Proverbs, activity and Ecclesiastes; examines the tune of Songs, Ruth and a few Psalms as knowledge texts; and explores knowledge and biblical theology, the idea that of retribution, and the difficulty of divine absence.

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Schroer finds positive features in Proverbs. In response to those who suggest that personified Wisdom serves as a figure to bind women into a patriarchal system she points out the significance of the fact that Wisdom 44 45 46 47 48 never appears as a motherly figure, the crucial role for women from a patriarchal perspective. Schroer thinks Wisdom provides a constructive image for women, as able to promote change. She sees personified Wisdom as in some sense a representation of Yahweh, and therefore providing a helpful feminine aspect of God.

The goal of the lament is thus ‘to lay out one’s own inner sufferings before the one who alleviates suffering, heals wounds and dries tears’. Simundson suggests that ‘the lament gives the sufferer words to use, a way of bringing into the open what is difficult to express, so that it may be acknowledged and worked through in some meaningful process’. Since Job spoke about God in laments, God must therefore be endorsing at least the general thrust of Job’s complaints. ’ Hartley has argued that Job has deliberately adapted the lament form.

Fingarette concludes his Mapping Responsibility with a chapter on Job. Nemo focuses on Job in his Job and the Excess of Evil. One hopes that we will see a great expansion of such interdisciplinary work. 113 114 115 116 117 118 Conclusion The sheer mass of publications on Old Testament wisdom requires a map with which to navigate it, and my hope is that approaching the subject through a series of turns is illuminating. The postmodern turn is, in my opinion, running out of steam and a danger is that we will relapse into historical criticism and virulent forms of secular readings.

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