Religious Motif: Dame Folly of Proverbs as Goddess or Mere Anti-Yahwist? Part 1

In the Book of Proverbs, two women battle for the place of supremacy in the life of the Israelite: Lady Wisdom and Dame Folly. Wisdom, like the prophets, calls out in the streets for the common man to follow her, chase her, and even marry her. Unfortunately, Folly also makes her move. She uses her eyes to capture the naive, invites him to a feast, and then she takes him to sheol. She flaunts herself before him, and she pulls him into the darkest alleys and convinces him to follow her, chase her, and even marry her. Today, as one approaches the Old Testament in search for wisdom, one is met with several challenges, one being our language and another being our culture. While core theological t

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