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"... the crown belongs to Crawford H. Toy's voluminous interpretation of the book of Proverbs"--Rudolf Smend, from " Wisdom in Ancient Israel", Cambridge, 1997.

INTRODUCTION v­designation to “ unwritten Jewish tradition.” But in that case itwould be rather a descriptive term than the official title, and inthe former sense we may naturally take the Talmudic name Bookof Wisdom.* In the same way we may explain the somewhatcurious fact that the Midrash on Proverbs begins by citing Job 2812: “ and wisdom, where can it be found?” the author has merely inmind the fact that Proverbs deals with wisdom, which term wasobviously used to define the contents of all the philosophicalbooks.† § 2. DIVISIONS. The divisions of the Book indicated in the text itself are asfollows: I. A group of discourses on wisdom and wise conduct ( 1–  9): 1. General title ( 11),  purpose of the Book ( 12– 6),  central or fun- damental principle ( 17);  2. Warning against consorting with sin- ners ( 18– 19);  3. Wisdom’s appeal ( 120– 33);  4. Wisdom as guardianagainst bad men and women ( 2);  5. Advantages attending obe- dience to the sage’s instruction, the fear of Yahweh, and devotionto wisdom ( 3);  6. Exhortation to obey the sage ( 4);  7. Warn- ing against unchaste women ( 5);  8. Three paragraphs, againstsuretyship, indolence, slander, here misplaced ( 61– 19);  9. Warn- ing against unchaste women ( 620– 35);  10. A similar warning ( 7); 11. Function of Wisdom as controller of life, and as attendant ofYahweh in the creation of the world ( 8);  12. Wisdom and Follycontrasted as hosts ( 91– 6. 13– 18),  and an interjected, misplaced par- agraph of apophthegms on wisdom ( 97– 12). II. A collection of aphorisms in couplet form ( 101–  2216). III. Two collections of aphoristic quatrains ( 2217– 2422,  and2423– 34). IV. A collection of aphoristic couplets ( 25–  29). V. A collection of discourses of various characters ( 30.  31): the “ words of Agur” ( 301– 4);  the certainty of God’s word ( 305. 6); * המכח רפס, the name given to Proverbs in Tosephot Baba Bathra, 14 b. † See Hermann Deutsch, Die Sprüche Salomo’s nach der auffassung im Talmudund Midrasch, 1885. Deutsch also cites a synagogal prayer of the 12th century, inwhich Proverbs is styled חמכחה רפס; but this hardly proves anything for the earliesttimes.          C    h  a  p  t e  r   Home  |    I n  d  e  x  

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageINTRODUCTION. 1. NAMES. 2. DIVISIONS. 3. STRUCTURE OF THE MATERIAL. 4. RHYTHM AND PARALLELISM 5. THOUGHT. 6. ORIGIN AND DATE. 7. TEXT AND VERSIONS. 8. CANONICITY. 9. BIBLIOGRAPHY.A COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OFPROVERBS.I. CHAPTERS I.IX.III.VII.VIII.II. DETACHED APHORISMS (X. IXXII. 16).XII.XIII.XIV.XVI.XVII.XVIII.XIX.XXI.XXII.III. SECOND COLLECTION OF APHORISMS(XXII. 17XXIV. 34).XXII.XXIII.XXIV.IV. CHAPTERS XXV.XXIX.THE TITLE. 25 1.XXVI.XXVII.XXVIII.XXIX.V. CHAPTERS XXX., XXXI.XXXI.INDEXABBREVIATIONS
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