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The Significance of Proverbs 1–9

Stuart Weeks

in Instruction and Imagery in Proverbs 1-9

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199291540
eISBN:
9780191710537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291540.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The date and origin of Proverbs 1-9 are difficult to pin down, but its influence can be identified clearly in some subsequent Jewish literature (most notably Ben Sira and certain texts from Qumran). ... More


Like a Canal from a River: Scribal Products and Projects

Eva Mroczek

in The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190279837
eISBN:
9780190279851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190279837.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter asks how we might conceptualize texts that do not appear to be the originary intellectual property of a single author but undergo development over time. The book of Ben Sira seems unique ... More


In the School of Ben Sira of Jerusalem

David A. deSilva

in The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195329001
eISBN:
9780199979073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329001.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter provides an introduction to the social, cultural, and historical context of Ben Sira's work as a trainer of the youth of the Jewish elite in Jerusalem, as well as to the essential ... More


Covenant and Law in Ben Sira

Otto Kaiser

in Covenant as Context: Essays in Honour of E. W. Nicholson

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199250745
eISBN:
9780191697951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250745.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter presents an essay on the covenant and law in Ben Sira. It explores the wisdom of Ben Sira in the context of biblical covenant theology, the wisdom and Torah in Ben Sira, the covenants of ... More


Friendship in Ben Sira

Saul M. Olyan

in Friendship in the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780300182682
eISBN:
9780300184228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300182682.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Configurations of friendship in the second century BCE wisdom book Ben Sira are considered and compared to the representation of friendship in earlier biblical texts. In addition, the possibility of ... More


A Jerusalem School Inspected

E. W. Heaton

in The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263623
eISBN:
9780191601156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263627.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The first part of this chapter introduces the possibility that the writers of the Old Testament came from an Israeli school tradition – as opposed to being a group of ‘wise men’ with a ‘wisdom ... More


Shaping the Scribal Self Through Prayer and <i>Paideia</i>: The Example of Ben Sira

Judith H. Newman

in Before the Bible: The Liturgical Body and the Formation of Scriptures in early Judaism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190212216
eISBN:
9780190212230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190212216.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

While much scholarship has been concerned with the role of the scribal hand in the formation of texts, this chapter takes a new approach by assessing the scribal body of Ben Sira. The embodied ... More


The Hidden Years: High Priesthood Under the Ptolemies

Deborah W. Rooke

in Zadok's Heirs: The Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198269984
eISBN:
9780191600722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198269986.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Surveys the limited evidence that is available for the political situation in Judah during the Ptolemaic period. The sources examined are the Yehud coins, an excerpt from Hecataeus of Abdera that is ... More


The Genealogy of Repentance

David A. Lambert

in How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190212247
eISBN:
9780190212261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212247.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter considers the time and place of the rise of repentance. Moving from Greek sources to late Second Temple, early Christian, and rabbinic literatures, it argues that there is, in fact, a ... More


Torah as Narrative and Wisdom

John J. Collins

in Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520294110
eISBN:
9780520967366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520294110.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The Torah in the Second Temple period included narratives as well as laws. Several compositions Aramaic compositions of the early Hellenistic period retell the stories to convey ethical messages. ... More


Hidden Wisdom: A Theology of Presence and Place

Paul S. Fiddes

in Seeing the World and Knowing God: Hebrew Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-Modern Context

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199644100
eISBN:
9780191760211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644100.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

The late-modern objection to a dominating subject can be re-cast as the problem of presence, any forcing of the presence of the human self and an omnipresent God on the world. Nevertheless, the ... More


Friendship in the Hebrew Bible

Saul M. Olyan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780300182682
eISBN:
9780300184228
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300182682.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Friendship, though a topic of considerable humanistic and cross disciplinary interest in the contemporary academy, has mainly been ignored by scholars of the Hebrew Bible, possibly on account of its ... More


The Image of God and Natural Theology

James Barr

in Biblical Faith and Natural Theology: The Gifford Lectures for 1991: Delivered in the University of Edinburgh

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198263760
eISBN:
9780191600395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263767.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The biblical expression that humanity is created ‘in the image of God’ has been taken as evidence in the debate about natural theology. Various interpretations, ancient and modern, are here discussed.


The Ancestry of Wisdom Literature: Ancient Tradition or Modern Invention?

Will Kynes

in An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature": The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198777373
eISBN:
9780191823091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777373.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In order to identify the origins of the modern scholarly Wisdom tradition, this chapter evaluates the purported early “vestiges” of the category. These are (1) early views on the structure and order ... More


Samuel in Biblical and Extra-Biblical Perspective

Mark Leuchter

in Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199659340
eISBN:
9780191806612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199659340.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This conclusion discusses the implications of the previous chapters that address Samuel's diverse characteristics in earlier biblical sources, and how later writers read, interpreted, and applied the ... More


Wisdom and the ‘Others’

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

in Salvation for All: God's Other Peoples

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199238903
eISBN:
9780191696794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238903.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter provides information on the wisdom literature of the Old Testament (OT) by focusing on several biblical persons including Job, Ben Sira, and Solomon. Wisdom literature reflects a general ... More


Between Realpolitiker and Hero of Faith: Memories of Hezekiah in Biblical Traditions and Beyond

Bob Becking

in Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods: Social Memory and Imagination

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199664160
eISBN:
9780191748462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664160.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This article traces the developments in the memory of the Judahite king Hezekiah. In the Annals of the Assyrian king Sennacherib, Hezekiah is remembered as a king who was ready to act pragmatically ... More


Conclusion: Jesus, James, and Jude among the Jewish Teachers

David A. deSilva

in The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195329001
eISBN:
9780199979073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329001.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The conclusion provides a summary of the key findings of the book, including major points at which the extra-biblical literature explored here has exercised a positive, formative influence upon the ... More


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