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Religions 2016, 7(6), 79;

Revising the Modern Moral Paradigm with the Book of Proverbs

Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
Academic Editor: Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 5 April 2016 / Revised: 8 June 2016 / Accepted: 16 June 2016 / Published: 22 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World)
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The modern moral paradigm champions a codified format, where ethics is conceived of as and conveyed by means of law. Among the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible, the book of Proverbs offers an alternative to modern codified morality. I consider a concern shared by ancient and modern societies—communication ethics—to argue that through Proverbs’ focus on character, wisdom, and the Lord, the book could revise the way we think about, articulate, and act upon the modern moral paradigm. View Full-Text
Keywords: Proverbs; ethics; morality; communication; speech; wisdom; God Proverbs; ethics; morality; communication; speech; wisdom; God
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