By Knut Martin Heim
Exegetical research of Proverbs 10:1—22:16. Proverbs are neither statements of this-worldly reason and impact nor universally acceptable doctrines of divine order. particularly, a proverb's that means and ‚truth' are conditioned by means of the context. the writer delimits sections which the editor(s) of the gathering consciously grouped jointly of their current series. He then examines how those literary preparations either impact the that means of the person proverbs and be certain their functionality in context. Indexes of names, passages and matters are incorporated.
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5 4 Opponents of the existence or significance of groupings need to provide an explanation for the many links between sayings, and the standard one is that 50 Weeks, Wisdom, 23-24. 51 Weeks, Wisdom, 21 52 Weeks, Wisdom, 28. 53 Weeks, Wisdom, 38. 54 Weeks, Wisdom, 33 18 Part 1 : Survey of Recent Study they were aids to memory. Weeks, correctly in my opinion, showed that this explanation is not adequate. His own alternative, however, also seems to do less than justice to the data: it is doubtful that an editor would spend the considerable amount of energy necessary to create the number of links identified by Weeks unless there was an adequate return for his labours.
Meinhold feels competent to discern one or two main themes describing the diverse topics in these chapters. As the detailed analyses below will show, many of his headings and themes do not describe 83 Cf. Scoralick, 151-156. 84 Meinhold, 25 85 Meinhold, 25-26; cf. Scoralick, 151-152. 86 "Connective verses" in Meinhold's sense are sayings towards the end of chapters which take up earlier themes in a "more or less" clear way and bring chapters to a close (Meinhold, 160) 87 Meinhold, 26; emphases added 88 Scoralick, 152-153.
16 This, however, may not only be true on the macro-level of the whole book, but also on the level of the individual collections. The present study will argue that Proverbs 10:1-22:16 is such a work: groups of proverbs have been combined to provide an environment that forms a literary performance context within which the individual sayings now function. The collection is not merely a list of unrelated sayings, the proverbs here are not dead; they are alive and kicking. 3 Summary The study of the role of performance context has enhanced our understanding of proverbs considerably.
Like Grapes of Gold Set in Silver: An Interpretation of Proverbial Clusters in Proverbs 10:1—22:16 by Knut Martin Heim