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Adam, The Angels And Eternal Life: Genesis 1‐3 In The Wisdom Of Solomon And 4QInstruction

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Both 4QInstruction and the Wisdom of Solomon utilize Gen 1-3 to articulate several core themes that resonate with the apocalyptic tradition. Neither 4QInstruction nor the Wisdom of Solomon is exegetical in the sense that they strive to explain or interpret elements of the biblical text. But an examination of the ways they use Gen 1-3 suggests that the Wisdom of Solomon draws on older interpretive traditions that influence 4QInstruction. Each composition connects the prospect of eternal life with Adam, although they do not envision this ultimate reward in the same way. While this Qumran text should not be understood as a literary source for Pseudo-Solomon's composition, 4QInstruction can be reasonably termed, in the words of John Collins, a "missing link" between the Wisdom of Solomon and older Hebrew wisdom literature.

Keywords: 4QInstruction; Adam; Genesis 1-3; Qumran text; Wisdom of Solomon



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