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Precreation Narratives in the Wisdom of Solomon: Genealogy, Gender, and Genre

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AbstractExamines genres and representations of gender in the Wisdom of Solomon and its counterparts in selected works of the Pre-Socratic philosophers, the Hebrew Scriptures, particularly Ecclesiastes, and Paul’s letters to the Romans and Corinthians. Proposes that the Wisdom of Solomon may be understood as a hybrid and transitional rhetorolect created in the context of Hellenistic Jewish movements towards philosophical sophistication. Suggests that the range of styles, genres, and lexica in Paul’s letters present similar dexterity in addressing mixed audiences.

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