• Before Authorship: Solomon and Prov. 1:1


    Author(s):
    Jacqueline Vayntrub (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
    Subject(s):
    Hebrew bible, Wisdom literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6028PC7F
    Abstract:
    How should we understand the naming of legendary figures like Solomon in biblical titles? The ancient practice of attribution is often obscured by scholars committed to the modern construction of authorship. Texts such as 11QPsa XXVII (“David’s Compositions”) demonstrate an altogether different understanding of this ancient practice. Using Prov. 1:1 as a test case, this essay examines how biblical authors and editors assigned texts to legendary figures, and how this kind of attribution evokes a set of imagined associations in the broader literary tradition. The essay presents a description and categorization of biblical titles and textual frames, and compares these titles and frames to textual frames of ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean collections of instruction and poetry. The essay argues that Prov. 1:1, like other textual frames, uses attribution to imaginatively stage the text in the broader literary tradition.
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