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Nόμος and Nόμοι in the Wisdom of Solomon

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It has been said that the "major project" of the Second Temple period was the "amalgamating, through interpretation, of concepts from diverse biblical strata in a Hellenistic environment". The Wisdom of Solomon provides a particularly fascinating example of Jewish Hellenistic "Wisdom literature". The relative "autonomy" of the Law within the world of Lady Wisdom is also demonstrated by the fact that ethical demands are based on the νόμος and it is quite appropriate to say that the "ethics" of the book of Wisdom are based, in a fairly traditional Jewish manner, on the Law. Although the concepts of Torah and Wisdom have-compared to earlier Jewish Hellenistic literature-arguably started to converge, there is no trace, in the book of Wisdom, of a real amalgamation between the two. Rather, Wisdom is being correlated with the Law; the former is seen as assisting with the fulfilment of the latter.

Keywords: Hellenistic environment; law; Torah; Wisdom of Solomon



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