Women and Wisdom in the Old Testament
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This paper investigates the exact type of wisdom that was granted to certain women in the Bible, and how they achieved important things through their wisdom. The writer discusses how Michal, through her wisdom, saves the life of her husband David and how Israel is saved from the Moabites through the wisdom and actions of Deborah and Jael. The writer also relates that the two unnamed wise women in the second book of Samuel who persuade the leaders of enemy armies not to attack Israel by quoting old proverbs may point to the existence of an actual class of wise women in ancient Israelite society. Finally, the writer points out that the fact that wisdom is personified as a woman in the book of Proverbs throws some light on the other references to wisdom and women in the Old Testament, as it shows that women were associated with a high spiritual power, an attribute of God himself.
Sample of Sources Used:
- The Bible. Darby Translation and King James Version, www.biblegateway.com
- Bach, Alice.1999, Women in the Hebrew Bible: A Reader. New York: Bantam House.
- Crenskaw, James L. 2000, Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction. New York: John Knox Press.
- Mandell, Sara. "King David with the Wise Woman of Tekoa: The Resonance of Tradition in Parabolic Narrative. Book Review." Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 118, No. 2, p. 344-346
- Nowell, Irene. 2001, Women in the Old Testament. New York: Oxford University Press.
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