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Conclusion

So, to conclude, we have seen that the genre of wisdom that begins with the book of Proverbs developed in a number of different directions as the canon expanded and then closed, and as the tradition continued into the Apocrypha, the Qumran documents, and the New Testament. Whilst wisdom books appear to be in a category of their own within the canon of the Old Testament, wisdom influence on other material can easily be found, even if the exchange of influence doesn't appear to have been two-way, at least in the earliest material. Later, however, that changed, and the boundaries between the wisdom genre and other genres became indistinct. The contexts in which wisdom was practised are seen to be many and various. The theological context of wisdom became increasingly important, with a significant development in Proverbs 1–9 into the realm of cosmological Wisdom, which became very significant in apocryphal material and with important theological challenges to the wisdom world-view being posed by the authors of Job and Ecclesiastes, who questioned God's justice in the world in the light of human suffering and death. Wisdom is indeed a many-faceted genre, and it continues to elicit much scholarly interest and debate.

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