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Xv. 29), and was situated on the slopes of the reference to extra-Israelite where it is said: " ; Hermon, in Syria therefore. Again, in I Kgs. iv. ) 3 the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Calcol, and Darda, the sons of MahoL" By the " children of the east " are meant Arabians and Edomites, as the context shows, and also doubtless Babylonians. The tradition of the wisdom of Edom is referred to in Jer.

Iii, i-iv. 63, Tob. iv. 5-19, xii, material, viz. I Bar. -,,p. iii. g-iv. 4, iv. 5-19. Die altorwtalischs Weishrit 381 . (1933); Fichtner, pp. 9, 90 ft. tn ihrer i$ratlitisch-judi$dw Ausfrtigttflg, EXTRA-ISRAELITE WISDOM LITERATURE All these, both in the must be regarded the addition to 43 Old Testament and in the Apocrypha, Wisdom literature in Wisdom books proper Proverbs, Job, as belonging to the : Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus, and Wisdom. For completeness' sake we may add the four following writings which belong to the Hebrew Wisdom literature, though not included either in the canonical or deutero-canonical collections: The Letter of Aristeas l 187-294, IV Maccabees* Pirke Aboth?

The many points of contact between these Egyptian and Babylonian Wisdom books with those of the Hebrews are sufficient to show that all three collections form parts of a cosmopolitan whole. And it is well to emphasize the fact that the Old Testament writers fully recognized the existence of Wisdom teachers, outside their own borders, from quite Babylonian early times. Thus, in Num. xxii. 5 it is said that messengers " were sent unto Balaam the son of Beor9 to Pethor, which is 1 Boeser, Transcription vnd Ubersetzwg des Papyrus Insingtr (1923).

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