Definition of wisdom literature in English:

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wisdom literature

noun

[mass noun]
1The biblical books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, and Ecclesiasticus collectively.
Example sentences
  • The final section of the book turns to an exploration of how the contemporary faith community might use biblical wisdom literature to address the educational needs of both church and society.
  • Those texts were at one point or another constituted into textual inscriptions, and they form part of larger genres, such as wisdom literature, or collections of proverbs, or historical books.
  • Thereafter there is little agreement in the order of the books: some manuscripts place the psalms and wisdom literature before the prophets (as in Protestant Bibles), while others reverse this order.
1.1Similar works, especially from the ancient Near East, containing proverbial sayings and practical maxims.
Example sentences
  • Much of this knowledge regarding winning attitudes is in the wisdom literature of the ancients.
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