This work explores the theological and social dimensions of generosity in the book of Sirach and contextualizes them within the culture and thought of Second Temple Judaism. Ben Siraas understanding of generosity is intertwined with issues of justice and its breakdown in his own socio-economic environment. Ben Sira believes that giving generously is an essential part of a Wisdom-Torah ethic of mercy. By relieving the plight of the poor the generous person imitates Godas own special care for the poor and will receive future blessings in return.This symbolic use of money and possessions, while implicit in the opening wisdom poem, becomes explicit in the closing wisdom poem of Sirach.33 Here Ben Sira has concluded the book with an autobiographical alphabetical acrostic poem which ... 33 Given this frame, one might be inclined to read other references to wisdoma#39;s produce in a similar light. ... In my judgment Skehana#39;s text- critical modifications of manuscript B for these verses are sound and so they will be adopted here.
|Title||:||Like an Everlasting Signet Ring|
|Publisher||:||Walter de Gruyter - 2010-02-23|