Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction

Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction

Ben Sira also incorporates into his instruction hymns, prayers, a centrally located discourse where wisdom praises ... 24) and, of course, the Praise of the Ancestors in which he praises selected heroes of Israel's past (chaps. 44–50).

Author: Benjamin Givens Wright

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004169081

Category: Religion

Page: 361

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This book brings together fifteen articles representing the major thrusts of Prof. Wright's work over the last decade. They focus on three interrelated themes in the study of Early Judaism. (1) Translation. Several essays treat Jewish translation strategies as well as some of the social frameworks within which translation took place. (2) Social Location. The effort to locate texts in their social landscapes has helped to break down many traditional scholarly categories. Especially pertinent are the ways that wisdom and apocalyptic relate to each other, and he explores how specific wisdom and apocalyptic texts relate. (3) Transmission of Tradition. Several articles focus on how traditional material was shaped and framed in order to ensure its successful transmission to subsequent generations.
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For Wisdom s Sake

For Wisdom s Sake

... Leuven: University Press— Peeters, 1999, 41–50 = in: Id., Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction. Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter of Aristea and the Septuagint (JSJSup 131), Leiden: Brill, 2008, 183–193.

Author: Nuria Calduch-Benages

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110492316

Category: Religion

Page: 354

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This volume brings together twenty-four articles of Prof. Calduch-Benages' work on the book of Ben Sira over the last two decades. Some were written originally in English and others have been translated from Spanish and Italian originals. They are divided in three groups: introductory, thematic, and exegetical essays. The exegetical articles offer a detail study of several passages of the book, some of them pivotal in the structure of the book (Sir 2,1; 4,11-19; 6,22; 22,27–23,6; 23,27; 24,22; 27,30–28,7; 34,1-8; 34,9-12; 42,15–43,33; 43,27-33). The thematic essays deal with important theological issues such as canon and inspiration, wisdom, fear of the lord, trial, cult, prayer, forgiveness, and creation. Other no less important issues such as power and authority, dreams, travels, perfumes, animals and garments are discussed as well. Special attention is given to topics related with women, for instance, Ben Sira’s classification of wives, divorce, polygamy, and the absence of named women in the Praise of the Ancestors (Sir 44–50).
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The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity

The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity

In Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter of Aristeas and the Septuagint, 165–82. Leiden: Brill, 2008. Wright, Benjamin G., III. “B. Sanhedrin 100b and Rabbinic Knowledge of Ben Sira.

Author: Eva Mroczek

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190631512

Category: Religion

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Winner of the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise Winner of the 2017 The George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed a world of early Jewish writing larger than the Bible, from multiple versions of biblical texts to "revealed" books not found in our canon. Despite this diversity, the way we read Second Temple Jewish literature remains constrained by two anachronistic categories: a theological one, "Bible," and a bibliographic one,"book." The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity suggests ways of thinking about how Jews understood their own literature before these categories had emerged. In many Jewish texts, there is an awareness of a vast tradition of divine writing found in multiple locations that is only partially revealed in available scribal collections. Ancient heroes such as David are imagined not simply as scriptural authors, but as multidimensional characters who come to be known as great writers who are honored as founders of growing textual traditions. Scribes recognize the divine origin of texts such as Enoch literature and other writings revealed to ancient patriarchs, which present themselves not as derivative of the material that we now call biblical, but prior to it. Sacred writing stretches back to the dawn of time, yet new discoveries are always around the corner. Using familiar sources such as the Psalms, Ben Sira, and Jubilees, Eva Mroczek tells an unfamiliar story about sacred writing not bound in a Bible. In listening to the way ancient writers describe their own literature-rife with their own metaphors and narratives about writing-The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity also argues for greater suppleness in our own scholarly imagination, no longer bound by modern canonical and bibliographic assumptions.
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Wisdom Cosmos and Cultus in the Book of Sirach

Wisdom  Cosmos  and Cultus in the Book of Sirach

... 276 and 280; B. Wright III, “Ben Sira on the Sage as Exemplar,” in Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter of Aristeas and the Septuagint, JSJSup 131 (Leiden: Brill, 2008), 165–82, esp.

Author: A. Jordan Schmidt

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110600223

Category: Religion

Page: 518

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Despite 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. The first part of this study examines Ben Sira's three main treatments of the created world, thus providing a comprehensive description and synthesis of Ben Sira's doctrine concerning the created order of the cosmos. The second part of this work analyzes the place of human beings in general, and the Jewish people in particular, within the cosmic order. This second part includes an analysis of the role of the created order in Ben Sira's wisdom instruction in 1:1-10 and 24:1-34 as well as an elucidation of the way in which his treatments of various kinds of people—civic leaders, wives, doctors, manual laborers, scribes, and cultic personnel—are integral to Ben Sira's doctrine of creation. This study demonstrates that the created order is a fundamental category that Ben Sira relies upon in articulating his instructions about wisdom and wise behavior.
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Wisdom s Root Revealed

Wisdom   s Root Revealed

It is well known that Ben Sira compares his own wisdom teaching to prophecy. ... his own inspired wisdom carries, see Benjamin G. Wright III, “Ben Sira on the Sage as Exemplar,” in Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben ...

Author: Greg Goering

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004190719

Category: Religion

Page: 329

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By interpreting the theme of election in the book of Sirach, this monograph offers an alternative to the dualistic interpretation of Ben Sira and suggests a reading of this pivotal figure that accounts both for his particularism and his universalism.
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Paul and the Miraculous

Paul and the Miraculous

E.g., Benjamin G. Wright III, Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter ofAri'steas and the Septuagint (J SJ Sup 13 1; Leiden: Brill, 2008), chap. 8.

Author: Graham H. Twelftree

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781441241825

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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How can we explain the difference between the "miraculous" Christianity expressed in the Gospels and the nearly miracle-free Christianity of Paul? In this historically informed study, senior New Testament scholar Graham Twelftree challenges the view that Paul was primarily a thinker and reimagines him as an apostle of Jesus for whom the miraculous was of profound importance. Highlighting often-overlooked material in Paul's letters, Twelftree offers a fresh consideration of what the life and work of Paul might teach us about miracles in early Christianity and sheds light on how early Christians lived out their faith.
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The Early Reception of the Torah

The Early Reception of the Torah

Pages 97–127 in Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter of Aristeas and the Septuagint. Edited by Benjamin G. Wright. JSJSup 131. Leiden: Brill, 2008. Wright, Benjamin G. “Putting the Puzzle ...

Author: Kristin De Troyer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110691801

Category: Religion

Page: 218

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This volume contains the papers presented at the 2017 meeting of the SBL Program Unit on Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature in Boston, MA. The theme of the sessions was the interpretation of Torah in deuterocanonical literature. The contributions cover a variety of concepts and themes related to Torah and trace these through the Hebrew Bible, into the Septuagintal deuterocanonical books and other relevant and cognate literature.
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The Boundaries of Jewishness in the Southern Levant 200 BCE 132 CE

The Boundaries of Jewishness in the Southern Levant 200 BCE   132 CE

Pages 97–126 in Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter of Aristeas and the Septuagint. JSJSup 131. Boston: Brill, 2008. Wright III, Benjamin G. “'Put the Nations in Fear of You': Ben Sira and ...

Author: John van Maaren

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110787450

Category: Religion

Page: 334

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Recent research has considered how changing imperial contexts influence conceptions of Jewishness among ruling elites (esp. Eckhardt, Ethnos und Herrschaft, 2013). This study integrates other, often marginal, conceptions with elite perspectives. It uses the ethnic boundary making model, an empirically based sociological model, to link macro-level characteristics of the social field with individual agency in ethnic construction. It uses a wide range of written sources as evidence for constructions of Jewishness and relates these to a local-specific understanding of demographic and institutional characteristics, informed by material culture. The result is a diachronic study of how institutional changes under Seleucid, Hasmonean, and Early Roman rule influenced the ways that members of the ruling elite, retainer class, and marginalized groups presented their preferred visions of Jewishness. These sometimes-competing visions advance different strategies to maintain, rework, or blur the boundaries between Jews and others. The study provides the next step toward a thick description of Jewishness in antiquity by introducing needed systematization for relating written sources from different social strata with their contexts.
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The Formation of the Jewish Canon

The Formation of the Jewish Canon

Israel in the Books of Chronicles. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977. ———. ... Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter ofAristeas and the Septuagint. Leiden: Brill, 2008. ———.

Author: Timothy H. Lim

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300164343

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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DIVThe discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls provides unprecedented insight into the nature of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament before its fixation. Timothy Lim here presents a complete account of the formation of the canon in Ancient Judaism from the emergence of the Torah in the Persian period to the final acceptance of the list of twenty-two/twenty-four books in the Rabbinic period./divDIV /divDIVUsing the Hebrew Bible, the Scrolls, the Apocrypha, the Letter of Aristeas, the writings of Philo, Josephus, the New Testament, and Rabbinic literature as primary evidence he argues that throughout the post-exilic period up to around 100 CE there was not one official “canon” accepted by all Jews; rather, there existed a plurality of collections of scriptures that were authoritative for different communities. Examining the literary sources and historical circumstances that led to the emergence of authoritative scriptures in ancient Judaism, Lim proposes a theory of the majority canon that posits that the Pharisaic canon became the canon of Rabbinic Judaism in the centuries after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple./div
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Lived Wisdom in Jewish Antiquity

Lived Wisdom in Jewish Antiquity

In Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter of Aristeas and the Septuagint. Edited by Benjamin G. Wright III, 165–82. Leiden: Brill, 2008. Wright, Benjamin G. “Conflicted Boundaries: Ben Sira, ...

Author: Elisa Uusimäki

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567697967

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Moving away from focusing on wisdom as a literary genre, this book delves into the lived, embodied and formative dimensions of wisdom as they are delineated in Jewish sources from the Persian, Hellenistic and early Roman eras. Considering a diverse body of texts beyond later canonical boundaries, the book demonstrates that wisdom features not as an abstract quality, but as something to be performed and exercised at both the individual and community level. The analysis specifically concentrates on notions of a 'wise' person, including the rise of the sage as an exemplary figure. It also looks at how ancestral figures and contemporary teachers are imagined to manifest and practice wisdom, and considers communal portraits of a wise and virtuous life. In so doing, the author demonstrates that the previous focus on wisdom as a category of literature has overshadowed significant questions related to wisdom, behaviour and social life. Jewish wisdom is also contextualized in relation to its wider ancient Mediterranean milieu, making the book valuable for biblical scholars, classicists, scholars of religion and the ancient Near East and theologians.
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