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


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Abstract

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.

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Qumran; Proverbs 8; 4QInstruction; Lady Wisdom

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