Old Testament Essays
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BIWUL, Joel Kamsen Tihitshak. Reading the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31: 1031 as a reflection of the attributes of the Traditional Miship woman of Nigeria. Old testam. essays [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.2, pp.275-297. ISSN 2312-3621.
The book of Proverbs falls within wisdom literature with 31:10-31 as part of its epilogue. The Hebrew poet here has both theological and literary purpose - to instruct the covenant community in godliness through realistic reflection on society. As such, the characteristic attributes of the godly and industrious female figure portrayed in this acrostic poem may well be taken as an existing reality rather than a mere literary poetic imagination. Therefore, functioning as an epitome of womanhood for all generations, this acrostic poem finds close affinity with the characteristic attributes of the cultured traditional as well as the godly Miship woman of Nigeria. This article basically endeavours to show the resemblances between the qualities of the human woman of Prov 31:10-31 and the Miship woman within the Nigerian context.