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Transl. 1919). * Beroays, ttber das phokylideische Gedtckt (1856). 5 The respective pp. in the Engl. ed. are : 54, 66, 75, 72, 67, 234. 6 See Lange, Das Weishntsbuch des Amm-em-ope (German transl. 1925); Ranke, ia Gressjnann's Altorientalische Texte turn Alien Testament, pp. 38 ff, The Wisdom of Egypt and the Old Testament (1926) ; and the present writer's literature. ( 1 927) , for further ' Lefebvre, Tombeau de Petosira (Service des Antiquites de 1'Egypte, Le Caire, 19*3 *) THE WISDOM LITERATURE 44 number a of religious and moral precepts ; l this last is as a few other which should be noted character a of quasi-Wisdom writings these are also included in Erman's work mentioned above The Controversy of One Tired of Life with his Soul (pp.

1 Unfortunately, the Pharisees abused the power thus placed in their hands, and fell foul of the Sadducaean party who were the aristocratic upholders of the Hasmonacan High-priesthood. Alexandra, ; being a woman, could of course conduct only the civil power, and that, as we have seen, only nominally; the High-priesthood devolved upon her elder son, Hyrcanus II, but and here we see the complicated state of affairs Hyrcanus, a man of weak character, but otherwise a good man, was more in sympathy with the Pharisees than with the Sadducees, who were the supporters of the Hasmonacan High-priesthood; in consequence, the Sadducees regarded their nominal representative with disfavour.

Another collection of Wisdom Sayings is published in a German translation by come down to us, A is Ebeling in Gressmann, op. , pp. 291 ff. ; see also Langdon, Wisdom, p. 89 (1923). The most interesting writing is The Story of Ahikar, containing the Proverbs of Ahifaar (Chap, ii), and the Parables of Ahikar (viii. , also called the Babylonian Koheleth ; 6 and A Sage's Plaint over the Wickedness of the World? The many points of contact between these Egyptian and Babylonian Wisdom books with those of the Hebrews are sufficient to show that all three collections form parts of a cosmopolitan whole.

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