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Title: Recent Trends in Wisdom Research
Author(s): COOK, J.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 61 Issue: 3-4 Date: mei-augustus 2004
There have been some clearly ascertainable trends in the research on wisdom literature over the past decade. The first is an increase in the number of commentaries that have been written by competent scholars on some of the Old Testament wisdom books, notably the book of Proverbs. Secondly, the figures of lady Wisdom and Madame Folly have been dealt with fairly exhaustively during this period and, thirdly, the Septuagint is increasingly used as an independent wisdom source or at the very least taken more seriously by the scholarly community. For the sake of conciseness I will refrain from dealing with some other minor novel developments, such as prominent interpretations of individual wisdom books. One that comes to mind, however, is the creative, (post)modern analysis of Kohelet by Michael Fox, A time to build and a time to tear down— a rereading of Ecclesiastes (1998). This close rereading certainly represents a novel interpretation of Kohelet. Norbert Lohfink has also just published another commentary on this interesting book (2003; translated from the German by S McEvenue). In the final analysis this is evidence that wisdom literature is currently at the forefront of research.