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immediately self-evident with wisdom literature than any other in the Old Testament. Because of this state of affairs, it is quite frequent to find discussions of "Wisdom in Israel and the Ancient Near East."82 This study does not pursue the problem of enemies in the ancient near eastern texts for three reasons. First, this investigator lacks the linguistic competence to carry out the task properly. Second, methodo- logically this restriction forces the investigation to deal with Israel as Israel and not simply as one more instance of what is commonly true in the ancient near east. Third, considerations of space would prohibit more than a cursory treatment of the extensive ancient near eastern literature.

Contemporary Value of This Study To say that the contemporary world is pluralistic has become a commonplace. The indications seem to be that while the globe will grow increasingly smaller due to communi- cations, travel, interdependence of economies and many other developments, its peoples will become increasingly pluralis- tic. The "global village" will scarcely be a village in terms of shared values, patterns of living, political persuasions or religions.

82 The title of Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, Vol. III, ed. by M. Noth and Thomas Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1955).

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