Saturday, August 09, 2014

Context is king

[I]if we were to try to read Proverbs 1–9 solely in the light of the foreign instructions, rather than the Jewish context in which it was composed, this would be like reading the Aeneid solely on the basis of the Greek epic tradition while ignoring its context in Roman literature and thought.—Stuart Weeks quoted in Toward an Interpretation of the Book of Proverbs, page 69

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