Mesopotamian Wisdom Literature

Yoram Cohen, Nathan Wasserman

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of Mesopotamian Wisdom Literature. The introduction discusses the origins and distribution of Mesopotamian Wisdom Literature. It moves on to demonstrate how Mesopotamian Wisdom Literature can be approached. The chapter treats four subcategories of Wisdom Literature: proverbs and instructions, Vanity Theme works, existential works, and satire and parody. The conclusion offers an assessment of the nature of Mesopotamian Wisdom Literature and refers to its transmission and diffusion to other literatures of the East Mediterranean basin, the ancient Near East, the biblical Wisdom books, and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Wisdom and the Bible
EditorsWill Kynes
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages121-139
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780190661267
ISBN (Print)9780190661267
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Akkadian and sumerian literature
  • Ancient satire and parody
  • Authorship
  • Disputation poems
  • Instructions
  • Ludlul bel nemeqi
  • Mesopotamian wisdom literature
  • Proverbs
  • Scribes and scribal schools
  • The vanity theme

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