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Title: Ben Sirach


1
Ben Sirach
  • Wisdom
  • Becomes
  • History

2
Authorship/Composition
  • The Wisdom of Jesus, Ben Sirach, is the only book
    of wisdom literature that records the author
    historical context.
  • Joshua ben Sirach, a sage scholar, wrote the
    book about 180 B.C.
  • Joshuas grandson translated the original Hebrew
    into Greek after 132 B.C

3
Selected Texts
  • Sirach 11-10A Poem on Wisdom
  • Wisdom is Gods 1st creation.
  • Wisdom is beyond mans ability to comprehend.
  • God gave wisdom to all his works.

4
Selected Texts
  • Sirach 241-35Wisdom Personified
  • Wisdom announces that she has come directly from
    the mouth of God.
  • Wisdom is equated with the Torah.
  • Both of these are a departure from previous
    wisdom books.

5
Selected Texts
  • Sirach 441-5026Wisdom in History
  • The wisdom tradition is intertwined with the
    history of Israel.
  • This is a connection with history that is missing
    from previous wisdom literature.
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