The books of Proverbs and Ben Sira end with alphabetic acrostics. In my article in Revue Biblique 106 (2000), pp. 1-15, I demonstrate a second alphabetic chapter concluding the 'Words of the Wise' (Prov. 24.1-22). The present article reveals yet a third partial acrostic in Provo 29.22-27 at the end of 'The Proverbs of Solomon which the Men of Hezekiah King of Judah Copied'. The acrostic and other literary devices in this unit show it is more than a mere collection of original, independent adages. The use of alphabetic acrostics to end three of Proverbs' seven consistent collections has implications for the redaction history of the book.
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