The 20 studies include discussions of wisdom traits in the Qumran presentation of the eschatological prophet, the figure of David in the Book of Ben Sira
, some common themes in the early Jewish prophetic biographies of Vitae Prophetarum, conflicting ideas about the temple in 2 Baruch 4 and 6, and a possible Greek Bible source for late antique synagogue art.
Beentjes, The Book of Ben Sira
in Hebrew (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006), 158-76.
Focusing on the Book of Proverbs, the Book of Ben Sira
, and the Wisdom of Solomon as exemplary works of Jewish wisdom literature, this investigation of disciplinary terminology will reveal how these sources value discipline as both educational content and the (typically punitive) means of acquiring this content.
(4) The apocryphal Book of Ben Sira
(175-200 BCE) refers to the tools used for this project: Hezekiah fortified his city and brought water into the midst of it.
Among the topics are law and wisdom according to Deuteronomy 4:5-8, Job in conversation with the Torah, Torah and sapiential pedagogy in the Book of Ben Sira
, evidence from sapiential texts on wisdom and Torah at Qumran, and rewriting Torah in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
It was Schechter who first identified the long-lost original Hebrew version of the ancient book of Ben Sira
(a collection of proverbs and ethical maxims) composed in the second century B.C.E., around the time the Dead Sea Scrolls were written, which until then had only been known through later written Greek translations.
In this study, which she originally submitted as her Habilitationsschrift to gain the venia legendi in New Testament at Heidelberg, the author explores the religion and culture mirrored in the book of Ben Sira
. She uses the book as a key to the investigation of Judaean culture in the Ptolemaic and early Seleucid periods.
In sections on discovery and disputes, the Hebrew manuscripts and rabbinic circles, the poetry of the book, and the language of the book they consider such topics as some first editions of Genizah manuscripts of Ben Sira: approaches and reproaches, the Persian glosses and the text of Manuscript B revisited, the synoptic problem and the reception of the Ben Sira manuscripts, the theological and philosophical concepts of Ben Sira, and the contribution of the language of the Book of Ben Sira
to biblical Hebrew philology.