The series of Guides is designed to meet the needs of students of the apocryphal and pseudopigraphcical writings in a concise and accessible format. The complete set of books will offer a comprehensive introduction to the literature. Each guide is written by an acknowledged expert in the field, and the authors have drawn on their teaching experience for this series.
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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