Original Research - Special Collection: Qumran Texts

Did Ms Wisdom of Proverbs 8 become a mystery in 4QInstruction?

Pieter M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3259 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3259 | © 2016 Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 November 2015 | Published: 29 July 2016

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


The Hebrew Bible is quoted and alluded to in 4QInstruction. There is an obvious similarity between the way the raz nihyeh of 4QInstruction and Lady Wisdom in Proverbs 8 function. This intertextual study investigates this phenomenon by comparing 4Q416 2 III 8–21 and 4Q417 1 I with Proverbs 8:12–21 and 8:22–31. It is concluded that apocalyptic influence changed the character of Lady Wisdom but not her essential function.


Qumran; Proverbs 8; 4QInstruction; Lady Wisdom


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