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2011. december 25., vasárnap

Near Eastern Roots: Wisdom Literature in the Ancient Near East

One of the most common genres of literature from the ancient Near East that employs poetry is called wisdom literature. The term includes hymns, fables, disputations and most prominently, proverbs. This shared literary experience is illustrated here with examples from the Egyptian late second millennium B.C.E. text, "The Instruction of Amenemope" and the Old Testament's Proverbs both of which are divided into 30 parts.

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