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Wisdom Statements in the Sphere of Prophecy

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In recent years one of the important controversies concerning Q has been whether the source is in its essence prophetic or sapiential. It is the author's contention that Q as a whole is far more similar to an Old Testament prophetic book than to a sapiential sayings collection. He discusses four fundamental constituents of traditional prophecy as understood in Israel. The wisdom statements which are employed in a seemingly uneschatological way could well be utilized within the scope of prophetic eschatology in Q. The author states that some wisdom statements, even if they show no explicit echatological connotations, can rightly co-exist with the prophetic sayings in Q. The author arrives at the conclusion that the existence of numerous sapiential statements in Q-together with sapiential admonitions does not contradict the fundamental character of Q as a prophetically-oriented book, but rather can even support it.

Keywords: echatological connotations; Old Testament; prophetic eschatology; traditional prophecy; wisdom statements



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