Ben Sira and Demotic Wisdom

Ben Sira and Demotic Wisdom

Author: Jack T. Sanders

Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature

ISBN: 0891305866

Category: Religion

Page: 123

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Categories: Religion

Seers Sibyls and Sages in Hellenistic Roman Judaism

Seers  Sibyls  and Sages in Hellenistic Roman Judaism

23 The category is open - ended and , according to the grandson , Sirach himself felt free to contribute to it . ... 27 Sanders , Ben Sira and Demotic Wisdom , 61-106 . under “ The Prophets ” in Ben Sira's time.28 Daniel INTRODUCTION 9.

Author: John Joseph Collins

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 039104110X

Category: Religion

Page: 438

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John J. Collins offers readers a model for the scholarly study of all aspects of Judaism, from the Persian period through Late Antiqity, including its influence on early Christianity. The essays are thematically grouped to cover the problem of the Canon in Second Temple Judaism and deal with apocalypticism, the Book of Daniel, the Sibylline Oracles, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also analyzed is the relationship between Wisdom and the Apocalypticism. This volume brings together over two decades of research by a leading authority in the field of Judaism. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.
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Wisdom in Transition

Wisdom in Transition

events.68 Winston argues that for Sirach, this is an area of dependence on Stoic thought, since “The older wisdom literature ... 69 While a “freedom-determinism” dialectic exists in Ben Sira, Stoic texts, and the Demotic instructions, ...

Author: Samuel L. Adams

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004165663

Category: Religion

Page: 314

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This volume considers a major shift among Jewish sages during the Second Temple period, as certain authors moved from an earthly focus to a belief in individual immortality. Egyptian instructions and the book of Proverbs are examined for necessary background. The colorful responses of Qoheleth and Ben Sira to an emergent belief in the afterlife are also discussed. 4QInstruction, the largest Wisdom text from the Dead Sea Scrolls corpus, demonstrates this shift to an eschatological understanding. This book considers the diverse reasons for the changes that one finds in 4QInstruction, especially the issue of social context. It will prove useful to those interested in Wisdom literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocalypticism, and the development of beliefs in the afterlife.
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The Wisdom of Ben Sira

The Wisdom of Ben Sira

... they do suggest that the Book of Job may have had some influence on the general structure of Ben Sira's work. 1.3 The Prototype of Papyrus Insinger Although the actual copy of the demotic Egyptian wisdom writing known as Papyrus ...

Author: Angelo Passaro

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110211269

Category: Religion

Page: 424

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The Book of Sirach raises many questions: philological, exegetical, literary, historical, theological. There were even confessional questions which divided the traditions of synagogues and churches. It is, therefore, a fascinating book, located on the edges of the canon. Does the book attempt to repair the harm done by the erosive criticism of Job and Qoheleth, or is it the work of a thoughtful interpreter who, in a time of change, seeks to bear the tradition towards the new situation emerging from the Hellenistic Diaspora? Is it a book which aims at the restoration of the true faith against the autonomous questing of human wisdom, or is it merely a sincere, if shrewd, experiment at dialogue between the legitimate reasoning of the world and the wisdom given in the Law? According to a well-tried methodology of juxtaposing the specialists of different schools, this volume presents an up to date consideration of historical, exegetical and theological research.
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Scribal Culture in Ben Sira

Scribal Culture in Ben Sira

compared Ben Sira to the Demotic wisdom text P. Insinger and Theognis.31 Recently, Matthew Goff has argued that P. Insinger and Ben Sira drew from a similar contemporary pool of wisdom traditions.32 Following the findings of Hengel and ...

Author: Lindsey A. Askin

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004372863

Category: Religion

Page: 324

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In Scribal Culture in Ben Sira Lindsey A. Askin explores scribal culture as a framework for analysing features of textual referencing throughout the Book of Ben Sira (c.200 BCE), revealing new insights into how Ben Sira wrote his book of wisdom.
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Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society

Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society

Ben Sira probably drew not only on Israelite-Jewish but also on late Egyptian sources, the most important of which were the Demotic Wisdom of P. Insinger23 and perhaps also Onkhsheshonq (or at any rate on Egyptian texts that resembled ...

Author: Seth Schwartz

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691155432

Category: History

Page: 224

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How well integrated were Jews in the Mediterranean society controlled by ancient Rome? The Torah's laws seem to constitute a rejection of the reciprocity-based social dependency and emphasis on honor that were customary in the ancient Mediterranean world. But were Jews really a people apart, and outside of this broadly shared culture? Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? argues that Jewish social relations in antiquity were animated by a core tension between biblical solidarity and exchange-based social values such as patronage, vassalage, formal friendship, and debt slavery. Seth Schwartz's examinations of the Wisdom of Ben Sira, the writings of Josephus, and the Palestinian Talmud reveal that Jews were more deeply implicated in Roman and Mediterranean bonds of reciprocity and honor than is commonly assumed. Schwartz demonstrates how Ben Sira juxtaposes exhortations to biblical piety with hard-headed and seemingly contradictory advice about coping with the dangers of social relations with non-Jews; how Josephus describes Jews as essentially countercultural; yet how the Talmudic rabbis assume Jews have completely internalized Roman norms at the same time as the rabbis seek to arouse resistance to those norms, even if it is only symbolic. Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? is the first comprehensive exploration of Jewish social integration in the Roman world, one that poses challenging new questions about the very nature of Mediterranean culture.
Categories: History

Early Christian Literature and Intertextuality

Early Christian Literature and Intertextuality

One must assume either that Ben Sira knew Demotic or that an Aramaic or Hebrew version of P. Insinger ... See also Sanders, Ben Sira and Demotic Wisdom, p. 80. 4 A. Volten, Das demotische Weisheitsbuch (AAeg, 2; Copenhagen: Einar ...

Author: Craig A. Evans

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567138217

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Scholarly interest in intertextuality remains as keen as ever. Armed with new questions, interpreters seek to understand better the function of older scripture in later scripture. The essays assembled in the present collection address these questions. These essays treat pre-Christian texts, as well as Christian texts, that make use of older sacred tradition. They analyze the respective uses of scripture in diverse Jewish and Christian traditions. Some of these studies are concerned with discreet bodies of writings, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, while others are concerned with versions of scriptures, such as the Hebrew or Old Greek, and text critical issues. Other studies are concerned with how scripture is interpreted as part of apocalyptic and eschatology. Early Christian Literature and Intertextuality includes essays that explore the use of Old Testament scripture in the Gospels and Acts. Other studies examine the apostle Paul's interpretation of scripture in his letters, while other studies look at non-Pauline writings and their utilization of scripture. Some of the studies in this collection show how older scripture clarifies important points of teaching or resolves social conflict. Law, conversion, anthropology, paradise, and Messianism are among the themes treated in these studies, themes rooted in important ways in older sacred tradition. The collection concludes with studies on two important Christian interpreters, Syriac-speaking Aphrahat in the east and Latin-speaking Augustine in the west. [Part of the LNTS sub series Studies in Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity (SSEJC), volume 14]
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The Book of Sirach in the Armenian Biblical Tradition

The Book of Sirach in the Armenian Biblical Tradition

The only window left for us to assume that Ben Sira used foreign wisdom literature is his text itself, which clearly ... 'Ben Sira and Demotic Wisdom'.68 He draws many parallels between Egyptian, Greek and other writings and Ben Sira ...

Author: Garegin Hambardzumyan

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110428964

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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The extreme complexity of Sirach’s text at times makes it almost impossible to come to one clear conclusion as regards certain issues. There are numerous differences between various translations of this deuterocanonical text. In addition, the Armenian translation, being a textual witness to not one but multiple parent texts, has its own complications. This research provides a sustained theological reading of the Armenian text of Sirach on the basis of Yakob Nalean’s commentary written in the 18th century. At the same time it places a great emphasis on the textual evaluation of the various versions of Sirach in Armenian. In this respect 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. Through a comprehensive linguistic and theological analysis of some major parts of Sirach in Armenian, this study assesses the extent to which this book was in use amongst Armenians throughout the centuries. In particular, the numerous references to Sirach in both Armenian and non-Armenian patristic literature are examined, with the aim of dating the first translations into Armenian and tracing the development of the text in the Armenian medieval schools.
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The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Wisdom Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Wisdom Literature

Ben Sira More plausibly, Egyptian texts may have influenced the writings of Ben Sira, who self-professedly learns from the ... in Sir 38:24–39:11, and the Demotic Instruction Phibis may have exerted an influence throughout the book.

Author: Katherine J. Dell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108483162

Category: Bibles

Page: 375

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An essential guide to wisdom texts, and the major changes in the approach to different biblical and non-biblical wisdom books.
Categories: Bibles