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“Wisdom” and “Torah” in the Book of Baruch

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According to the book of Baruch, only the Torah achieves the rating of "wisdom". Every other type of education is ineligible for Israel, and so the educated and wise man inevitably becomes a scribe who adopts the divine instruction. The book of Baruch sets its attention on an exhortation to the Torah that follows the book of Ezra and its theology an exhortation that clearly displays the erudition of the author, which is a scriptural erudition. In contrast to the contemporaneous Alexandrian Judaism, which moreover lived in the (reprobate) diaspora (3:10-1), this is a clear separation, as the corresponding reflections on the theme "wisdom and Torah" show: the possibility that insight, however it is formed, could exist outside of the Torah is as categorically denied as the enlightening through the Torah of those who are not part of Israel.

Keywords: Alexandrian Judaism; book of Baruch; Israel; Torah; wisdom

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