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In view of many of the proposals in regards to the nature and serve as of the booklet of Proverbs, the current learn makes a speciality of the social dimensions of the record inside of its special, literary context. that's, the research examines the character and serve as of the sapiential fabric inside of its new functionality context, viz., the discursive context, the Sitz im Buch. by and large, the research explores the discourse atmosphere of the publication of Proverbs in addition to the formal and thematic positive aspects of the person collections. extra particularly, the learn highlights the elemental good points of the book´s discursive context, the thematic improvement of the fabric, the ethos of the person collections and their position in the publication of Proverbs with the intention to determine the measure to which the ebook of Proverbs could be thought of a courtly piece.

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J. Assmann, “Kulturelle und literarische Texte,” in Ancient Egyptian Literature: History and Forms (Probleme der Ägyptologie 10; Leiden: Brill, 1996), 60–82; idem, The Mind of Egypt, 125; D. M. Carr, Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), 77. See Baines, “Literacy,” 580; Weeks, Early Israelite Wisdom, 19; idem, Instruction and Imagery in Proverbs 1–9 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 16–32; Parkinson, Poetry and Culture, 236.

Though the materials in the book of Proverbs share several formal and thematic similarities with conventional Israelite aphorisms, the paronomastic structure, refined form, and consistent terminology of the sayings differentiate the material from its traditional counterparts. Together, these features highlight the interpretive difficulties that confront the reader of this enigmatic work. ”1 However, within the wider cognitive environment of the ancient Near East, we may identify several literary counterparts to the book of Proverbs.

Assmann, “Schrift, Tod und Identität: das Grab als Vorschule der Literatur im alten Ägypten,” in Schrift und Gedächtnis: Beiträge zur Archäologie der literarischen Kommunikation (ed. J. , München: Fink, 1983), 64–93; A. Loprieno, Topos und Mimesis: zum Ausländer in der ägyptischen Literatur (ÄgAbh 48; Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz, 1988), 1–21; D. M. Doxey, Egyptian Non-Royal Epithets in the Middle Kingdom: A Social and Historical Analysis (Probleme der Ägyptologie 12; Leiden: Brill, 1998), 5. 14 The Nature of Ancient Near Eastern Instructional Texts In view of this continuity, the discursive setting of these didactic works deserves specific comment.

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