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Royal Sayings

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This chapter investigates the origin, the setting, and the function of the royal sayings of Proverbs by studying the individual examples and by comparing and contrasting them with Arabic proverbial sayings of the same theme. It deals with the Arabic material, Proverbs, and the question of the presence of scribal schools at the royal court and their role and relationship, if any, to Proverbs. The chapter also investigates the use of Arabic proverbs dealing with the theme of rulership in an attempt to show their origin and function, particularly as a means of propagating political views. On an analogy with Egypt and other ancient Near East countries it has been argued that scribal schools existed in ancient Israel and that these schools were closely related to the royal court. The chapter discusses the role which the royal court could have played in the preservation and transmission of wisdom material.

Keywords: ancient Israel; ancient Near East countries; Arabic proverbs; Egypt; royal court; royal sayings; scribal schools



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