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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Authorship

THE BOOK OF PROVERBS, HEBREW mishlei (for Mishlei Shlomo, “Proverbs of Solomon”), is one of three biblical books ascribed to Solomon. According to tradition, he wrote the love lyrics of the Song of Songs when he was young, the wisdom of Proverbs in his midlife, and the disillusioned complaints of Ecclesiastes when he was old (Song Rab. §10 ). Some sections of the book are ascribed to other sages ( 24.23; 30.1–14; 31.1–9; and probably 22.17—see the note to that verse). In fact, actual Solomonic authorship of any part of the book is doubtful. Neither the language nor the content fits Solomon's time. Proverbs is acollective work, holding the wisdom of mostly anonymous wise men (and women, who could make up sayings as well as men; see 31.1 ) from many walks of life and different periods.

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