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An exploration of the symbolic world of Proverbs 10:1–15:33 with specific reference to ‘the fear of the Lord’

Anneke Viljoen, Pieter M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.2008 | © 2013 Anneke Viljoen, Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 May 2013 | Published: 25 September 2013

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Anneke Viljoen, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Pieter M. Venter, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Alternative approaches to text interpretation have introduced an opportunity to understand the biblical text afresh. One such an alternative approach is a Ricoeurian hermeneutic. Ricoeur’s understanding of the referential intention of poetic texts will be drawn on to explore its interpretive contribution to a reading of Proverbs 10:1–15:33 with specific reference to the phrase ‘the fear of the Lord’. It is suggested that the proposed reading strategy is a most productive effort.


Keywords

fear of the Lord; Ricoeur; Proverbs; Ricoeurian hermeneutic

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