Wisdom Literature in Early Ireland
Yocum, Christopher Guy
Studia Celtica (2011)
This article explores connections between early Irish law and wisdom literature and the international context of such literature in Europe and the Near East. Insights from Old Testament Studies–particularly the wisdom literature of the Old Testament–are combined with analysis from wisdom literature of medieval Europe and medieval Ireland. This is to forge a view of wisdom literature and the wisdom figures representing it.
Wisdom literature has various definitions. Williams defined Wisdom as “…dedicated to articulating a sense of order.” Colin Ireland expands Williams’ definition with the addition that “[it]…need not be restricted by chronological, geographical, social, or cultural considerations”.