Wise King - Royal Fool Hardback

Semiotics, Satire and Proverbs 1-9

by Johnny Miles;

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Wise King - Royal Fool

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This study focuses on a reading of Proverbs 1–9 as satire and argues that it alludes to two points of critique against Solomon: his political policy of socio-economic injustice and his numerous sexual (in)discretions. That Solomon abandoned his divinely proscribed duty only evinces his lack of “fear of Yahweh”. First, Solomon demonstrates his lack of discernment by an inability to rule with righteousness, justice and equity because of administrative policies that bled the innocent dry of their resources for his own self-aggrandizement. Second, Solomon’s sexual behavior reflects his need of Wisdom as the personification of eroticism. The absence of the “fear of Yahweh” in Solomon prompts the poet’s reproof in Proverbs 1–9 that he should resume his proper role of Torah meditation. How the “son” responds to the decision posed to him remains decidedly open-ended, since satire generally offers no denouement to its plot. Nevertheless, the signs of this satiric poetry intimate the wise king as a royal fool.

Wise King - Royal Fool by Johnny Miles was published by Continuum in April 2004. The ISBN for Wise King - Royal Fool is 9780567080936.

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Details for Wise King - Royal Fool

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (April 2004)
Number of Pages134
Thickness9 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1152179
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