Original Research - Special Collection: Old Testament and New Testament Studies

Proverbs: Prose or poetry?

Anneke Viljoen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2882 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2882 | © 2015 Anneke Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 January 2015 | Published: 31 August 2015

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Anneke Viljoen, Department of Old Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Should Proverbs be read as prose or poetry? Considering the language craft is of essential significance for a hermeneutical enquiry into the biblical book of Proverbs. Five suppositions to support the presupposition that Proverbs is best read as poetry were considered.

Keywords

Proverbs; Old Testament; Hermeneutics; Poetry; Prose; Parallelism; Biblical

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