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Wisdom incarnate?: Identity and role of אשׁת־חיל (“the valiant woman”) in proverbs 31:10-31


Kwon, Jiseong James (2012). Wisdom incarnate?: Identity and role of אשׁת־חיל (“the valiant woman”) in proverbs 31:10-31. Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, (1.2):167-188.

Abstract

Understanding the identity of אשׁת־חיל (literally, “a woman of strength”) in Prov 31:10–31 presents various exegetical and interpretative issues. What is the rational way to look at the business woman’s characteristics? Should the life of the ancient successful woman which the Hebrew acrostic pragmatically portrays be recognised as speaking of social activities in ANE culture or should it be limited to religious virtues relevant to an Israelite community? Or perhaps, we can make an interpretive decision looking at it from both sides? Employing textual and literary approaches to find the persona of אשׁת־חיל (“woman of strength”), I argue that all the activities of the woman in the poem indicate the model of virtuous woman as well as of the mundane woman in a particular historical period and that אשׁת־חיל (“the valiant woman”) is used for a symbolic figure of personified Wisdom.

Abstract

Understanding the identity of אשׁת־חיל (literally, “a woman of strength”) in Prov 31:10–31 presents various exegetical and interpretative issues. What is the rational way to look at the business woman’s characteristics? Should the life of the ancient successful woman which the Hebrew acrostic pragmatically portrays be recognised as speaking of social activities in ANE culture or should it be limited to religious virtues relevant to an Israelite community? Or perhaps, we can make an interpretive decision looking at it from both sides? Employing textual and literary approaches to find the persona of אשׁת־חיל (“woman of strength”), I argue that all the activities of the woman in the poem indicate the model of virtuous woman as well as of the mundane woman in a particular historical period and that אשׁת־חיל (“the valiant woman”) is used for a symbolic figure of personified Wisdom.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hebrew acrostic, hermeneutical model, personified Wisdom
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:20 Aug 2019 15:02
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:21
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISSN:2169 - 0685
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://keots.jams.or.kr/co/locale.kci?lang=en_US (Organisation)