Wisdom in Israel and in ANE Wisdom Literature


This unit seeks to provide a forum for the exploration of current and emerging approaches to and methodologies in the study of Wisdom Literature. The primary focus is on Biblical wisdom - Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes, and the Wisdom Psalms, as well as Qumran wisdom texts and Deutero-Canonical works such as Ben Sira and the Wisdom of Solomon. The secondary focus is on wisdom literature from elsewhere in the Ancient Near East, insofar as these bear on our understanding of biblical wisdom texts. Our unit will hold two sessions each year, one of invited papers and the other of offered papers.



Wisdom, Proverbs, Ancient Near Eastern Wisdom, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, Proverbs, Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom at Qumran


Katharine Dell
University of Cambridge

Tova Forti
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

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Toulouse 2022 Call for Papers

Open Call:

Paper proposals are welcome on The Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphical wisdom books in comparison with the biblical wisdom material (Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon and beyond). This unit is interested in the wisdom tradition as it continues after the canon of the Hebrew Bible has been closed, but in comparative perspective with the biblical wisdom material.


Invited Papers:

The Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphical wisdom books.  This unit is interested in the books or parts of books designated wisdom that belong outside the canon of the Hebrew Bible.  Detailed study of particular texts would fit alongside more general concerns.