By Otto Mulder

The current exegetical research within the Hebrew and Greek models of Sirach 50 offers with the knowledge culture, personified in Simon the excessive Priest, who's referred to as "the simply" within the rabbinical culture. As a real eyewitness Ben Sira deals facts of Simons importance within the re-building of Jerusalem as climax of the compliment of the Fathers on Rosh Hashanah. His re-writing of Israels heritage ends with a polemic opposed to the legality of the Samaritan temple and a right away allusion to the author's identify. the quantity examines 3 new photos of the unique Geniza-fragments present in 1896. The comparability of either models offers a magnificent photograph of the advance of Israels faith within the moment Temple interval from 200-132 BCE.

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24:1–42:14 a characteristic opening in the form of the praise of wisdom with instruction as a conclusion on false/sincere shame in 41:14–42:8. 42:15–51:30 the praise of God’s glory in creation/history with a prayer of thanksgiving, an acrostic and a second conclusion in 51:1–30. Smend insists that as sofer rooted in the oral tradition and its transmission in practice, Ben Sira has put together the various parts of his book without any particular plan. On this basis he is able to explain repetitions whereby themes such as one’s choice of friends or moderation in one’s eating habits are treated in more than one place.

5 Decisive arguments against the authorship of Ben Sira, however, are not readily available. 7 It is generally accepted that Sirach 24 constitutes the central point of the book. The two hymns—the Praise of the Creator and his creation in 42:15–43:33 and the Praise of the Fathers in 44–50—form the conclusion of the book and exhibit a coherent structure. V. C. , The Book of Ben Sira in Modern Research, Berlin 1997, 23–60. 5 L. Schrader, Leiden und Gerechtigkeit, BET 27, Frankfurt 1994 (pp. ). Id.

Milik et R. de Vaux, Les ‘Petites Grottes’, DJD III, Oxford 1962 (pp. 75–77). 89 Y. Yadin, The Ben Sira Scroll from Masada, Jerusalem 1965. 90 E. Puech, ‘Le livre de Ben Sira et les manuscrits de la Mer Morte’, in FS M. Gilbert, Treasures of Wisdom, Leuven 1999, 411–426. Puech’s revaluation of the medieval manuscripts supports the present explanation of the H text based on MS B (p. 416). 20   1 exhibits greater agreements with 1:19–20 than 6:14–15. Fragment 2 agrees with 6:20–31. 91 He limits himself to 1:1–37:20.

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