Conflicted Boundaries in Wisdom and Apocalypticism by Benjamin G. Wright III, Lawrence M. Wills

By Benjamin G. Wright III, Lawrence M. Wills

The suggestion that knowledge and apocalypticism symbolize essentially diverse and jointly particular different types of style and worldview in early Jewish and Christian literature persists in present scholarship. The essay during this quantity, the paintings of the knowledge and Apocalypticism team of the Society of Biblical Literature, challenged that ordinarily held view as they discover the social destinations and scholarly buildings of those literatures and notice an historic fact of extra porous different types and intricate interrelationships. the quantity attracts on a large diversity of Jewish and Christian texts, together with ''1 Enoch'', ''Sirach'', ''4Qinstruction'', ''Psalms of Solomon'', ''James'', ''Revelation'', and ''Barnabas''. The individuals are Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, Patrick J. Hartin, Richard A. Horsley, Matthew J. Goff, George W.E. Nickelsburg, Barbara R. Rossing, Sarah J. Tanzer, Patrick A. Tiller, Rodney A. Werline, Lawrence M. Wills and Benjamin G. Wright III

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John J. Collins has pointed out the dangers inherent in moving from literary works to social movements in “Genre, Ideology and Social Movements in Jewish Apocalypticism,” in Mysteries and Revelations: Apocalyptic Studies since the Uppsala Colloquium (ed. J. J. Collins and J. H. Charlesworth; JSPSup 9; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1991), 11–32. 9. Nickelsburg, “Wisdom and Apocalypticism,” 19. 10. James L. Crenshaw, Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction (Atlanta: John Knox, 1981), 17. 42 wisdom and apocalypticism On the other hand, this corpus (despite its Hellenistic members) may be too circumscribed to be helpful in describing the evolving and more pervasive character of wisdom in early Judaism as it shows up within different literary genres.

Horsley, “The Politics of Cultural Production in Second-Temple Judea” (paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Denver, 17 November 2001 and reprinted in this volume), 133–34; and Lester L. Grabbe, “Papers by D. Harrington and B. Wright: A Reply” (paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, 23 November 1996), 2. 15. Jon L. Berquist, Judaism in Persia’s Shadow: A Social and Historical Approach (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1995), 187–88.

Synthesizing Our Information: Developments in Israelite Wisdom Circles Our review of texts has pointed us toward a related set of figures with specific roles or functions. E. 41 Theirs was a learned profession, dedicated to “searching” (Heb. 42 As such, they were scholars and teachers. However, standing in the train of the prophets, they also played the role of preachers, though precisely in what settings is not clear. Through their interpretation of Torah and prophets, a new thing was coming into being.

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