The Wisdom of Ben Sira (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)


No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Gently read. . . . . . . . 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.

Title: The Wisdom of Ben Sira (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

Author Name: Ben Sira. Translator-Patrick W. Skehan; Introduction-Alexander A. Di Lella

Categories: Bible Study,

Publisher: Yale University Press: March 1995

ISBN Number: 0300139942

ISBN Number 13: 9780300139945

Size: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

Seller ID: 66841