Two cases of secondary interpolation of fauna images in wisdom literature

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Abstract

This paper examines two fauna images and suggests that they are secondary interpolations. The first example uses within an exhortation (Proverbs 1:10-19) a hunting image as a device for concretizing the evildoer's ultimate failure: "For in the eyes of every winged creature the net is outspread in vain; but they lie in wait for their own lives" (vv. 17-18). The second example comes from Psalms 32:9: "Be not like a senseless horse or mule whose movement must be curbed by bit and bridle; far be it from you!" (vv. 8-9) hence fashioning with the help of a simile borrowed from the world of domestic animals a didactic instruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-245
Number of pages14
JournalRevue Biblique
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2009

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