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sapiential book, wisdom book, wisdom literature(noun)
any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
Wisdom literature is a genre of literature common in the Ancient Near East. This genre is characterized by sayings of wisdom intended to teach about divinity and about virtue. The key principle of wisdom literature is that while techniques of traditional story-telling are used, books also presume to offer insight and wisdom about nature and reality. The most famous examples of wisdom literature are found in the Bible. The following Biblical books are classified as wisdom literature: ⁕Book of Job ⁕Psalms ⁕Proverbs ⁕Ecclesiastes ⁕Song of Songs ⁕Wisdom ⁕Sirach The genre of mirror-of-princes writings, which has a long history in Islamic and Western Renaissance literature, represents a secular cognate of biblical wisdom literature. In Classical Antiquity, the advice poetry of Hesiod, particularly his Works and Days has been seen as a like-genre to Near Eastern wisdom literature.
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