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Glossary Items starting with 'W'

  • West Semitic

    West Semitic (aka Northwestern Semitic) is a group of Semitic languages belonging to the region of the Middle East. West Semitic languages include all forms of Aramaic, Syriac, Amorite, Ugaritic, and the Canaanite languages such as Hebrew and Phoenician.

  • Wilderness camp

    The moving encampment of the Israelites in the Sinai Desert and Transjordan, following the exodus from Egypt and preceding the Israelites' entrance into the promised land; depicted in the biblical books of Exodus through Deuteronomy.

  • wisdom books

    Books of the Bible that are concerned with human wisdom and sapiential matters, including Proverbs, Ecclesiastes (Qohelet), Song of Songs, and Job, along with the Apocryphal books of Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon.

  • Wisdom Literature

    A category of biblical literature that typically deals with the nature of God and the moral and practical aspects of human experience.

  • Wisdom of Solomon

    A Wisdom book located in the Apocrypha.

  • woe

    A formal category of prophetic oracle or lament.

  • woman wisdom

    The personification of Wisdom as a woman in the book of Proverbs.

  • writing prophets

    Prophets whose sayings and lives are depicted in the biblical books bearing their names, including Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve Minor Prophets.

  • Writings

    The third division of the Jewish canon, also called by the Hebrew name Ketuvim. The other two divisions are the Torah (Pentateuch) and Nevi'im (Prophets); together the three divisions create the acronym Tanakh, the Jewish term for the Hebrew Bible.

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