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Meaning of WISDOM LITERATURE

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Wis"dom lit"er*a*ture\
The class of ancient Hebrew writings which deal reflectively
with general ethical and religious topics, as distinguished
from the prophetic and liturgical literature, and from the
law. It is comprised chiefly in the books of Job, Proverbs,
Ecclesiasticus, Ecclesiastes, and Wisdom of Solomon. The
``wisdom'' (Hokhmah) of these writings consists in detached
sage utterances on concrete issues of life, without the
effort at philosophical system that appeared in the later
Hellenistic reflective writing beginning with Philo
Jud[ae]us.

 

 

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