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Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Wisdom of Ben Sira

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Wisdom of Ben Sira

by Alexander A. Di Lella and Patrick W. Skehan

The Wisdom of Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus) contains the sayings of Ben Sira, arguably the last of Israel's wise men and its first scribe, whose world was defined and dominated by Greek ideas and ideals. This Hellenistic worldview challenged the adequacy of the religion passed down to Palestinian Jews of the second century B.C.E. by their ancestors. Ben Sira's t… Read more…