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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Proverbs

THEME

Blessings for the faithful

SETTING

c.700–500 BCE King Hezekiah’s palace and a place of instruction post-Exile.

KEY FIGURES

Solomon A king of legendary wisdom who is said to have uttered 3,000 proverbs. The bulk of the book of Proverbs is attributed to him.

Hezekiah King of Judah from 715–698 BCE. According to Proverbs 25:1, the earliest maxims, contained in chapters 25–29, were transcribed at his court in Jerusalem.

The book of Proverbs is a book of advice, or wisdom literature, which seeks to instil “knowledge and discretion” (1:4) in young men about to forge their ways in the world. The aim is that such men ...

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