By Philip Johannes Nel
The purpose of this publication is obviously set out as a linguistic, form-critical and artificial exam of a big knowledge style — the Admonition. particularly, it truly is keen on the constitution and the translation (“ethos”, p. three) of admonitions that make up a substantial a part of the booklet of Proverbs, and the writer works to a truly transparent and logical trend, starting (after a short and maybe pointless definition of “wisdom”) with an exam of language and constitution, and occurring to a extra speculative (and one feels, extra own) common conclusion.
the 1st introductory bankruptcy is an attempt at drawing the limits of what's frequently referred to as “the knowledge of the previous Testament”, and right here actually not anything new is additional to a debate that has develop into fairly severe lately. N. means that wisdom’s so much said attribute is its academic scope — a regularly held proposal, notwithstanding one questions if this can be sufficient to such books as task or Qoheleth. there isn't any doubt, despite the fact that, that it's definitely legitimate for Proverbs, and that's the author’s situation right here.
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Cf. also von Rad, G. cit. 177f. 53 Gemser, B. cit. 113 and McKane, W. cit. 5 9 1 - 5 9 2 . 1 The Structure of the Admonition in Proverbs 39 The admonition consists of the entire ν 1-3a and is, interestingly enough, variously formulated in three commands. The form bin täbin must be considered as a whole and is exhortative in character, bin must be taken as an Absolute Inf. The waw Consecutive + Perf. in v. 2, parallel to v. 1, should also be interpreted as an Imperative. It is only possible if bin täbin as a whole is taken as Imperative in meaning.
381. 1 The Structure of the Admonition in Proverbs 27 Structurally it looks like an ordinary synthetic parallelism, introduced by an admonition. In fact, 3b is also an admonition. Through verb-deletion the repetition of the verb (ntn) is avoided. However, the admonition in 3 a is clear, but what about the motivation which seems to be absent? It is obvious that dëràkêkâ is the parallel of hêlekâ. B H and Gemser suggest the emendation to yërëkêkâ (your loins). There is so little reason to correct dérâkêkâ that I would stick to the MT and translate drk in a more dynamic way 24 .
17 and its motivation in v. 18 form a chiasm: It is even possible that the author of this saying, which semantically forms a chiasm, tried to concretise this chiasm poetically by word symbiosis: cf. kî 'im (twice) and qn and qwh. 4 Admonition — Motivation in a Causal Clause This group of admonitions is probably the most common in usage. It is even possible that the original form of the admonition consists of one Imperative (or Vetitive) and is then motivated by means of an attached causal clause (cf.