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The Wisdom of Ben Sira (The Anchor Bible, Vol. 39) Hardcover – October 20, 1987


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  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Bible; 1st edition (October 20, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385135173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385135177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Wisdom of Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus) contains the sayings of Ben Sira, arguably the last of Israel's wise men and its first professional scribe, whose world was defined and dominated by Greek ideas and ideals. This Hellenistic worldview challenged the adequacy of the religion passed down to the Palestinian Jews of the second century B.C.E. by their ancestors. Ben Sira's training in both Judaic and Hellenistic literary traditions prepared him to meet this challenge. He vigorously opposed any compromise of Jewish values; and his teachings bolstered the faith and confidence of his people.

Through its elegant poetry and vehement exhortations, The Wisdom of Ben Sira exposes the ill effects of sinful behavior on one's health, status, and spiritual and material well-being. Ben Sira's rigorous code of moral behavior was the measure of Jewish faithfulness in an era of ethical and religious bankruptcy.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robert m ledbetter on March 9, 2013
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Something I lack, but this book in that portion of the Bible we in the catholic faith have, gets overlooked, this is a valuable addition to my library.
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