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Proverbs

333. Proverbs

See also 422. WISDOM .

adage
a maxim, axiom, proverb, or old saying.
analect
1. a fragment or extract from literature.
2. a collection of teachings, as the Analects of Confucius.
aphorism
a terse saying embodying a general truth, as Time flies. aphorist, n. aphorismic, aphorismical, aphoristic, adj.
apothegmatist, apophthegmatist
a creator of short, pithy instructive sayings; aphorist. apothegmatic, apophthegmatic, apothegmatical, apophthegmatical, adj. apothegm, apophthegm, n.
bromide
a trite saying; a platitude.
epigram
a pithy statement, often containing a paradox. epigrammatist, n.
gnomonology
1. a collection or anthology of gnomes, or aphorisms.
2. aphoristic writing.
logia
maxims or sayings attributed to a religious leader. See also 79. CHRIST .
maxim
a short, pithy statement that serves as a motto. maximist, n.
paroemia
a rhetorical proverb. paroemiac, adj.
paroemiography, paremiography
1. the writing of proverbs.
2. the collecting of proverbs. paroemiographer, n.
paroemiology, paremiology
the study of proverbs. paroemiologist, paremiologist, n.
proverbiology
1. proverbs taken as a group.
2. proverbs taken as a field of study. proverbiologist, n. proverbiological, adj.
smartism
an aphorism or witty saying.

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Proverbs

Proverbs, book of the Bible. It is a collection of sayings, many of them moral maxims, in no special order. The teaching is of a practical nature; it does not dwell on the salvation-historical traditions of Israel, but is individual and universal based on the observation of nature. There are eight divisions, some having traditional ascriptions, including three to Solomon, one to Agur (unknown), and one to King Lemuel. The book is an early example of wisdom literature (see Wisdom of Solomon), where wisdom is often personified. The dating of the final shape of Proverbs is post-exilic. Although tradition attributes Proverbs to Solomon, the book is probably a collection of various origins dating from the 9th to the 2d cent. BC Proverbs does insist that the fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge, thus placing the instruction within the framework of faith.

See B. Lang, Wisdom and the Book of Proverbs (1986); R. Alter, The Wisdom Books (2010).

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Proverbs

Proverbs Book of the Old Testament, probably the oldest existing example of Hebrew wisdom literature. The book's subtitle attributes its authorship to King Solomon, but in fact scholars consider that it contains material from various periods later than Solomon's time.

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Proverbs, Book of

Proverbs, Book of. One of the three wisdom books in the Hebrew scriptures. Traditionally ascribed to ‘Solomon, son of David, King of Israel’, it is generally dated in the post-exilic period, but obviously contains much earlier material.

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Proverbs

ProverbsBabs, dribs and drabs •Thebes •Gibbs, Hibs •vibes • Hobbs • Forbes • Stubbs •Jacobs • Proverbs

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