The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires [Paperback]

Leo G. Perdue (Author)

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ISBN: 9780802862457 | Published by: William B. Eerdmans | Year of Publication: 2008 | Language: English 502p,

The Sword and the Stylus


Leo Perdue here argues from a sociohistorical approach that the proper understanding of ancient wisdom literature requires one to move out of the realm of philosophical idealism into the flesh and blood of human history. Arguing that wisdom was international in practice and outlook, Perdue traces the interaction between both ruling and subject nations and their sages who produced their respective cultures and their foundational worldviews. He takes a broadly chronological approach, focusing on important examples of wisdom literature, and offering in depth discussions of cultures from ancient Israel to the Roman Empire and beyond.

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