Genre and Openness in Proverbs 10:1-22:16

Suzanna R. Millar


Series: Ancient Israel and Its LiteratureVolume: 39
Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2020 ISBN: 03


In Genre and Openness in Proverbs 10:1–22:16, Suzanna R. Millar argues that the sayings in these chapters have a hybrid genre, “didactic proverb.” These sayings train a student’s mind by opening up a number of complex possible interpretations while being multifunctional and widely applicable. By incorporating paremiology, the technical study of the proverb genre, Millar sheds light on important issues within these chapters, including character development, the connection between act and consequence, and the acquisition of wisdom.

Suzanna R. Millar is a teaching fellow in Hebrew Bible at the University of Edinburgh. She is the assistant director of Edinburgh’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the co-chair of the “Animals and the Bible” research unit for the European Association of Biblical Studies.