Sirach is a book that raises a very distinctive set of problems.
What should we call it (Sirach, Ecclesiasticus, Ben Sira)? What is
the relation between the traditional Greek text and the recently
rediscovered Hebrew parts of the book? Where did it stand in
relation to Jewish tradition and the Hellenism that was sweeping
the Mediterranean world? In this guide, a new addition to
Sheffield's series on the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, these
questions are discussed, as well as the use the author made of
Scripture, and the scholarly placing of the book in the Wisdom
tradition. The author's attitude to women is considered and the
volume ends with a consideration of some of the chief theological
themes of Sirach.
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