Wisdom חכמה
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I. Name

Wisdom, sometimes in scholarly literature referred to as ‘Lady Wisdom’ or ‘Woman Wisdom’, is the name of a biblical goddess. She figures prominently in one canonical book and several deuterocanonical writings of the OT: Prov. 1–9, Sir, Bar, and Wis. Although modern interpreters have often treated her as a literary personification, it can be argued that what later came to be considered a mere figure of speech started its career as a ‘real’ deity. Wisdom, in Heb. ḥokmâ (rarely ḥokmôt as sing. …

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B. Lang, “Wisdom חכמה”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 17 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Wisdom>

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