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


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.


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


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