Gnomic Literature in Bible and Apocrypha PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Gerson Levi

Gnomic Literature in Bible and Apocrypha

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Publication date: November 2010
ISBN: 9781438541129
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The fragments of the Massoretic text of the Bible, that are gnomic in character, though some of them have been incidentally noted by the commentators, have never been collected. The attempt is here made, therefore, to gather as many as could be recognized and accounted gnomic. When the mass is collected and examined, it serves, it is believed, to make a new historical background for the larger canonical and post-canonical books of the gnomic series. Being in many cases the products of popular speech, and dealing with subjects and in terms unused by the literary menâ€"poets, prophets and pragmatic historiansâ€"these fragments possess a vocabulary comparatively rich in hapax legomena. Thecomparative study of these fragments will, moreover, prove that the dates for the beginnings of literary activity in old Israel must be placed further back, as against the current notion and tendency to bring down and to postpone the rise of the literary craft. At least, the discussion of the passages in Amos, in particular, and the fragments and quotations in Hosea is aimed to show that the gnomic literature must be presumed to have been in a flourishing condition and to have been possessed of forms, hitherto assumed to have been late in origin, before the day of the earliest literary prophets...
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