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The Book of Sirach in the Armenian Biblical Tradition by Garegin HambardzumyanThe extreme complexity of Sirach's text at times makes it almost impossible to come to one clear conclusion as regards certain issues. An attempt has been made to display the unique features of the Armenian Sirach within the wider scope of the scholarship of this biblical text.
Like an Everlasting Signet Ring by Bradley C. GregoryThis work explores the theological and social dimensions of generosity in the book of Sirach and contextualizes them within the culture and thought of Second Temple Judaism.
Simon the High Priest in Sirach 50 by Otto MulderThis volume examines three new pictures of the original Geniza-fragments found in 1896. The comparison of both versions provides an impressive picture of the development of Israel's religion in the Second Temple period from 200-132 BCE.
Wisdom, Cosmos, and Cultus in the Book of Sirach by Andrew J. SchmidtDespite the attention that has already been paid to the theme of creation in the book of Sirach, scholarship has yet to provide a comprehensive analysis of Ben Sira's instruction regarding the cosmic order and its role in the divine bestowal of wisdom upon human beings.This book, which consists of two parts, fills a lacuna in scholarship by offering such an analysis.
In past decades the Book of Ben Sira, also known as Ecclesiasticus, has attracted a great deal of scholarly attention, both in its different Hebrew and Greek versions, as well as in its Syriac and Latin form. The book contains the sayings of Ben Sira, arguably the last of Israel's wise men and its first professional scribe, whose world was defined and dominated by Greek ideas and ideals. This Hellenistic worldview challenged the adequacy of the religion passed down to the Palestinian Jews of the second century B.C.E. by their ancestors. Ben Sira's training in both Judaic and Hellenistic literary traditions prepared him to meet this challenge. He vigorously opposed any compromise of Jewish values; and his teachings bolstered the faith and confidence of his people. Through its elegant poetry and vehement exhortations, The Wisdom of Ben Sira exposes the ill effects of sinful behavior on one's health, status, and spiritual and material well-being.
"With All Your Soul Fear the Lord" (Sir. 7:27) by Beentjes P.C.his volume opens with a quick overview of two much discussed topics. Is Ben Sira supposed to be a priest? And in what way does Ben Sira correlate Wisdom and Torah? It is followed by a section in which specific passages are studied.
Ben Sira's God by Renate Egger-Wenzel (Editor)Conversations about God in the Book of Ben Sira are illuminated against an Old and New Testament background. This conference volume contains both comprehensive and exegetical individual examinations on the topic. The picture is rounded off by a look at the history of Jewish influence.
The Book of Ben Sira in Modern Research by Pancratius C. Beentjes (Editor)The series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) covers all areas of research into the Old Testament, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, its early and later forms in Ancient Judaism, as well as its branching into many neighboring cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.
The Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira by T. Muraoka (Editor); J. F. Elwolde (Editor); Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden StaffIn December 1995 an international symposium was held in Leiden, concerning the subject of the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the book of Ben Sira. The papers, presented at this symposium, are collected in this volume. The papers deal with various aspects of grammar, syntax, and lexicon of Hebrew texts of the Judean Desert. They include the first publications of a Nahal Hever text, and the important apocryphal book of Ben Sira.
Sirach, Scrolls and Sages by T. Muraoka (Editor); J. F. Elwolde (Editor)This volume contains revised papers covering a wide range of linguistic and textual subjects and presented by scholars from eight countries. A subject index and an index locorum are included.
Studies in the Book of Ben Sira by Géza G. Xeravits (Editor); József Zsengellér (Editor)This volume publishes the papers read at an international conference on the Book of Ben Sira, held at the Shime'on Centre, Pápa, Hungary. Renowned specialists of the field treat among others various questions of early Jewish wisdom thought, the interpretation of history, and canon forming.
Texts and Contexts of the Book of Sirach / Texte und Kontexte des Sirachbuches by Gerhard Karner (Editor); Frank Ueberschaer (Editor); Burkard M. Zapff (Editor)Thirteen essays, some in German and others in English, tackle the complicated history of textual transmission of the book of Ben Sira. This book presents the proceedings of an international conference held in 2014 in Eichst tt, Germany, on the text of Ben Sira within its historical contexts.