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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the key themes discussed in the book Wisdom and Torah: The Reception of 'Torah' in the Wisdom Literature of the Second Temple Period and its chapters. The book presents papers which were given at an international symposium at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in September, 2011. A proper assessment of the manifold relationships that obtain between "wisdom" and "Torah" in the post-exilic period has fascinated and vexed generations of interpreters. The intersection of the two complex and multifaceted concepts, "wisdom" and "Torah", proves to be a crucial nexus for understanding late post-exilic Jewish thought and literary production. The essays of the book contribute to understanding this key relationship by focusing attention once more on specific instances of the reception of "Torah" in Wisdom literature and the shaping of Torah by wisdom.

Keywords: late post-exilic Jewish thought; Torah; wisdom literature



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