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Although Jannaeus conquered here too, and took a most barbarous revenge on the Pharisees, he realized towards the end of his life that their power, owing to their influence over the bulk of the people, made it politic to conciliate them; and he adjured his wife Alexandra (Salome), as" put some Josephus tells us, who was to succeed him, to of her authority into the hands of the Pharisees ... for they had power among the Jews, both to do hurt to such whom and to bring advantages to those to " it they were friendly disposed "; he went on to say that of was by their means that he had incurred the displeasure as they hated, " that Promise them also," he concluded, the in affairs of the thou wilt do nothing without them the nation.

Iv. " It is also possible The words of Agur that in the corrupt text of Prov. xxx. i, the son of Jakeh, the oracle," we should read for the last " " word (in Hebr. , an inhabitant of Massa (see I Chron, i. 30), or one belonging to the tribe of Massa, which was, according to Gen. xxv. 14, an Arabian tribe. Even apart from this last reference, it is THE WISDOM LITERATURE 46 quite clear that the Israelites were acquainted with the wisdom of Babylon, Egypt, Syria, Arabia and Edom; and so far as Babylonia and Egypt are concerned, we have seen that material of the Wisdom were doubtless two countries.

22-ix. 12, 1-34 was based; and, * 8 upon which, no doubt, later, in See also pp. 218 ff. For the meaning of " beginning " early life; for that of" chief/' as the Ecclus. xxiv. the book of Wisdom. g. Job viii. g. Am. vi. x. THE HEBREW CONCEPTION OF WISDOM rule, in this later literature Wisdom is 53 treated as something abstract, but in each of these three books striking passages occur in which subject tremes ; Wisdom is personified.

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