a style of literature in the Hebrew Scriptures that includes Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes; in the Apocrypha it includes Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon; some Psalms, for instance Ps 37, may also be included. Wisdom literature is concerned with insight, instruction, meditation on the meaning of life, and moral exhortation. It does not generally concern itself with key events in Israel's history, such as the Exodus; the central teachings, such as the covenant; or the focal institutions, such as the Davidic monarchy, prophecy, or the Temple.