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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
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VENTER, Pieter M.. Different Perspectives on Poverty in Proverbs, Sirach, and 4QInstruction: Wisdom in Transit. Old testam. essays [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.2, pp.478-502. ISSN 2312-3621.

Poverty is referred to in Proverbs, as well as Sirach and 4QInstruction. These books do show some mutual tendencies, shared elements and a similar mode of literature, but are also part of a dynamic process. Reference to poverty in these books is therefore linked to the changing provenance of each of these books. The use of wisdom language to refer to this phenomenon, was in flux, dynamically moving from one era to a next, from one scenario to another. This paper proposes that the literal as well as metaphorical use of poverty in the book of Proverbs was followed by a more literal use in Ben Sirach and a more metaphorical meaning in 4QInstructions.

Keywords : Proverbs; Ben Sirach; Qumran; Wisdom; Poverty.

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