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Woman Wisdom and the ethical vision of the book of Proverbs: An African reflection

Funlola O. Olojede
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2846 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2846 | © 2015 Funlola O. Olojede | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 October 2014 | Published: 21 May 2015

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Funlola O. Olojede, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa


An observable gap in scholarship is a comprehensive ethical reflection on the portrayal of wisdom as feminine in the book of Proverbs and its implication for wisdom ethics. Besides this lacuna is the observation that the few existing studies on the ethics of the book of Proverbs take their point of departure essentially from a Western conception of ethics. This article as approached the book of Proverbs from an ethical perspective and has argued that the African view of ethics has a rich quality embedded in communitarian values that can be explored heuristically to interpret the ethical vision of the book of Proverbs. Such an approach, it is suggested, has pedagogical relevance to the teaching of biblical ethics especially in Africa.


African ethics; Woman Wisdom; Book of Proverbs


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