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Old Testament Essays

versão On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versão impressa ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.25 no.2 Pretoria  2012


Sapiential elements in the Joseph and Daniel narratives vis-à-vis woman wisdom -conjunctions and disjunctions



Funlola Olojede

University of Stellenbosch





While similarities have been established between the wisdom in the Joseph narrative and in the Daniel narrative, this paper shows that disjunctions also exist between the two narratives. Both Joseph and Daniel may be considered as representative characters of Israelite wise men. That their wisdom functioned effectively in a Diaspora context indicates the universal appeal of wisdom, but that wisdom is limited to what has been recognized as pietistic and inspired wisdom. It is argued here that the two narratives appear to represent related but also different strands in the development of wisdom thought and that the character of the Woman Wisdom represents a contemporaneous and all-encompassing or comprehensive face of wisdom.



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Funlola Olojede
postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Old and New Testament
Stellenbosch University Private Mail Bag XI Matieland, 7602

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