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Old 7th January 2009, 07:42 PM
Climacus Areopagite Climacus Areopagite is offline
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Who wrote the Book of Wisdom? My Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Bible says it was a Jew who lived in Alexandria around a century before Christ, but I was under the impression Solomon was the author. My edition says that the author at times speaks in the name of Solomon to emphasize his the value of his writings, but that doesnt make sense to me, or at least I've never heard of that device being used.
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Old 7th January 2009, 07:48 PM
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The Psalms are attributed to David because David himself did write Psalms (hymns to God), and the many subsequent contributors wrote in the Davidic style and tradition. We cannot now tell exactly which verses were written by David, which written by him but edited substantially, and which added later.

The same is true of the Book of Wisdom. Solomon wrote his wisdom down, and this was the basis for the later wisdom books, including the Song of Solomon and the Book of Wisdom. The Book of Wisdom is based on Solomon's words and writings, and most likely includes the work of many contributors, writing in the style and tradition of Solomon.
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