• Wisdom Defined in Narration and Intertextual Networks: Proverbs and 1 Kings 1–11

    Will Kynes (see profile)
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    The disconnect between the depiction of Solomon in 1 Kings 1–11 and the more “enlightened” wisdom attributed to him in Proverbs has long been a source of scholarly discomfort. Therefore, though many, like R. B. Y. Scott (1960), may recognize that there are several types of wisdom in the Solomonic account, including political, legal, and even cultic acumen, most follow his conclusion that only Solomon’s superior knowledge and intellect connect the king to the Wisdom Literature. Instead of projecting this modern definition of Wisdom Literature back onto the description of Solomon in Kings, in this paper I will follow that text’s presentation of Israelite wisdom. I will argue the account of Solomon and his reign provides a personified, narrative definition of wisdom’s semantic range. As the superscription of Proverbs invites the book to be read according to the wisdom attributed to Solomon in 1 Kings, so the variegated presentation of wisdom in that account draws other texts across the canon into the interpretation of Proverbs, inviting the book into the complex intertextual network represented in the description of the wise king in 1 Kings, one in which politics and prophecy, intellect and piety, the secular and the sacred intersect.
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