Item description for Roots of Wisdom: The Oldest Proverbs of Israel and Other Peoples by Claus Westermann & J. Daryl Charles...
Overview Dealing primarily with Proverbs 10-31, Westermann demonstrates how the wisdom literature evolved into a form of poetry that had greater universal appeal as the people of Israel became more urbanized. He also uses other wisdom sayings, particularly those from ancient Africa, to illustrate the logical progression of wisdom poetry from being simply observational in character to becoming more universal in character.
In this book, Claus Westermann argues that Israel's early wisdom literature grew out of an oral tradition reflecting an agrarian setting. Dealing primarily with Proverbs 10-31, Westermann demonstrates how the wisdom literature evolved into a form of poetry that had greater universal appeal as the people of Israel became more urbanized. A distinctive feature of "Roots of Wisdom" is Westermann's use of other wisdom sayings, particularly those from ancient Africa, to illustrate the logical progression of wisdom poetry being simply observational in character to becoming more universal in character.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1995
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664255590 ISBN13 9780664255596
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More About Claus Westermann & J. Daryl Charles
Claus Westermann was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He authored a number of books, including "Praise and Lament in the Psalms", "Roots of Wisdom", and "Prophetic Oracles of Salvation in the Old Testament", all published by WJK.
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Good Scholar on Proverbs Dec 22, 2002
Westermann is a top German scholar. His works on Genesis are classic. Cody Jones' work on Proverbs is a joke compared to this scholar who has invested his life in understanding the original texts.
The Complete Guide to the Book of Proverbs is better! Jan 2, 2000
Roots of Wisdom (178 pages) is mostly about Proverbs. It was written in German in 1990 and translated into English for this reprint in Dec 1994. Westermann's commentary is interesting and generally accurate. There are no photos, drawings, glossary or index. For a more current (1999) and more in-depth commentary (568 pages) read THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE BOOK OF PROVERBS by Cody Jones (1999). The comments are interesting and more reader friendly and are accompanied by numerous drawings and photos to give you a sense of the culture of the time. There is an index and glossary as well as 6 translations in parallel to aid understanding.