Re: Wisdom of Solomon and Hebrews

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Feb 08 1996 - 19:51:38 EST

On 2/8/96, Kenneth Litwak wrote:

> 2. As the discussion currently raging on Ioudaios indicates, it's difficult to
> say whether WS would have been among the scrolls that the author of Hebrews
> would have felt it appropriate to use to use in framing this text, not
> to mention to use as the basis for the theology of Hebrews. More
> specifically, I can't determine, where, if anywhere, WS was known or held
> as authoritative or useful in the 1st cent. CE Christian church, not to
> whatever group the author of Hebrews belongs to (since we don't know the
> author, we surely can't argue meaningfully about the author's congregation --
> that is the congregation the author of Hebrews is a member of, as opposed to
> the real readers of the document).

I'm not so much concerned with influence of WS on Hebrews here but on a
tangential issue Ken seems to raise:"where, if anywhere, WS was known or
held as authoritative or useful in the 1st century CE Christian church ..."

I know that I have read in one of the commentaries on Romans (of course,
being at home, I have no resources ready to hand as I write) that the
argument of Romans chapter 2 is based upon Wisdom of Solomon. It may have
been Nygren, but I'm not sure of that. If that can be argued plausibly for
Paul, then I would think the author of Hebrews might also have known the
work as well. Does this link between WS and Rom 2 ring a bell with anyone?

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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