An Introduction to the Books of the Apocrypha by William Oscar Emil Oesterley

By William Oscar Emil Oesterley

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Viii. " (Am. vi. 12, emended " The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the text) ; children's teeth are set on edge" (Ezek. xviii. 2), and others. extent, Of isolated compositions, though of quite limited we have, for example, such a piece as Jotham's parable of the trees (Judg. ix. 8-15), and a shorter one on the thorn and the cedar in II, Kgs. xiv. 9; further, Wisdom compositions are incorporated in collections of psalms belonging to different periods; the earlier ones are xxxii. 8-1 1, xxxiv.

This must be borne in mind if we would rightly estimate the purpose and intention of what the Hebrew Sages taught. But while in its early phases the teaching of Wisdom, whether by oral instruction or, somewhat later, in written form, was addressed to ordinary men, whether of the " fool " types or those of more estimable character, in course of time some of the Wisdom teachers thought and wrote for those more exceptional thinkers who pondered upon the deeper problems of life. ) and in written form.

Extent, Of isolated compositions, though of quite limited we have, for example, such a piece as Jotham's parable of the trees (Judg. ix. 8-15), and a shorter one on the thorn and the cedar in II, Kgs. xiv. 9; further, Wisdom compositions are incorporated in collections of psalms belonging to different periods; the earlier ones are xxxii. 8-1 1, xxxiv. ), xxxvii, xlix, Ixxiii, cxxvii, cxxviii, cxxxiii; of later date are i, xix. ), xciv. 8-23, cxi, cxii, cxix; in addition there are numerous Wisdom sayings interspersed elsewhere among the 1 psalms.

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