Ben Sira's Teaching on Friendship (Brown Judaic Studies) by Jeremy Corley

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Dan 11:14) and were doubtless pleased when Antiochus III issued a decree reducing the city’s taxation (Josephus, Ant. 3 §§138–144). ), the Seleucids levied further taxes (Dan 11:20), while the finance minister Heliodorus sought to plunder the treasury of the Jerusalem temple (according to 2 Macc 3:4–40). In view of the violence and greed of Israel’s Ptolemaic and Seleucid rulers, Ben Sira offers sober warnings to his students not to befriend those with civil authority (Sir 9:13). d. 53 Thereafter, Hellenistic culture gained importance in Palestine.

3–4; note that Lévi designates this MS HC. 108 I suggest, however, that the previously unexplained word hsn (“test”) that follows Sir 36:31 in the anthological HC belongs to 27:17a (cf. S); see further ch. 5 below. A gloss after 31:2ab HB exhibits loose similarities with 27:16; see the footnote on 41:18c in the appendix. For discussion of a Cairo Genizah prosodic poem based on Sir 22:22cd–23:9, see ch. 6 below. In the following section on method, I explain my reasons for reconstructing a Hebrew text for 19:13–17; 22:19–26; 27:16–21.

Botha, “The Ideology of Shame in the Wisdom of Ben Sira: Ecclesiasticus 41:14–42:8,” OTE 9 (1996): 353–71. 80 Cf. W. C. : Scholars Press, 1982); M. Gilbert, “Ben Sira et la femme,” RTL 7 (1976): 426–42; Skehan and Di Lella, Wisdom of Ben Sira, 90–92; Camp, “Understanding a Patriarchy”; S. Schroer, Die Weisheit hat ihr Haus gebaut: Studien zur Gestalt der Sophia in den biblischen Schriften (Mainz: Grünewald, 1996), 96–109. 81 This accords with the fact that the sage’s students were young males. 82 c.

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