The Texts and Versions of the Book of Ben Sira

Transmission and Interpretation

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The Book of Ben Sira comes to us in a bewildering variety of ancient textual forms. Each version shows how the book was received and interpreted in a new situation and by another community of readers. The present volume contains studies by some of the best specialists in this field of research. Each of the ancient text forms of Ben Sira—Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, and Latin—is studied in its proper context and analysed in regard to what explains the typical changes it contains.
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Biographical Note

Jean-Sébastien Rey, ThD (2006), Strasbourg and Leuven, is Maître de Conférences at the Paul Verlaine University in Metz, France. His fields of research are the sapiential litterature of the Hellenistic Period, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Jan Joosten, PhD (1989) Jerusalem, ThD (1994) Brussels, is Professor of Old Testament Exegesis at the Strasbourg University, France. His fields of special interest are the Septuagint and Hebrew syntax.

Table of contents

Preface

HEBREW TEXTS OF BEN SIRA
An Alternative Hebrew Form of Ben Sira: the Anthological Manuscript C
Jeremy Corley
Reconstructions and Retroversions: Chances and Challenges to the Hebrew Ben Sira Text
Pancratius C. Beentjes
Wordplay in the Hebrew to Ben Sira
Eric D. Reymond
Animal Imagery in the Hebrew Text of Ben Sirach
Nuria Calduch-Benages

GREEK VERSIONS OF BEN SIRA
Translation Greek in Sirach in Light of the Grandson’s Prologue
Benjamin G. Wright III
The Literary Attainment of the Translator of Greek Sirach
J. K. Aitken
Le métier de scribe — un métier différent : quelques réflexions à partir de la version grecque de Siracide 38–39
Françoise Vinel

SYRIAC VERSIONS OF BEN SIRA
Ben Sira in the Syriac Tradition
Wido van Peursen
Archaic Elements in the Syriac Version of Ben Sira
Jan Joosten
Christian Features in the Peshitta Text of Ben Sira: the Question of Dependency on the Syriac New Testament
Robert J. Owens

LATIN VERSIONS OF BEN SIRA
The Old Latin Version of Sirach: Editio Critica and Textual Problems
Anthony J. Forte
La version latine de Ben Sira : état de la question, essai de classement thématique des . additions
Thierry Legrand

HERMENEUTICAL AND THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
The Additions to Ben Sira and the Book’s Multiform Textual Witness
Jason Gile
L’espérance post-mortem dans les différentes versions du Siracide
Jean-Sébastien Rey
La prière de Ben Sira dans les manuscrits hébreux et dans les versions anciennes
Maria Carmela Palmisano
La sagesse dans les béatitudes de Ben Sira : étude du texte de Si 51,13–30 et de Si 14,20–15,10
Émile Puech

Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors

Readership

All those interested in the history and literature of Early Judaism, especially the book of Ben Sira, and ancient translations, particularly the Septuagint, the Vetus Latina and the Peshitta.

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