By Ari Mermelstein
This examine examines the connection among time and heritage in moment Temple literature. a variety of assets from that interval exhibit a trust that Jewish background started with an act of covenant formation and proceeded in linear type till the exile, an unparalleled occasion which severed the current from the previous. The authors of Ben Sira, Jubilees, the Animal Apocalypse, and 4 Ezra spoke back to this theological problem by way of claiming in its place that Jewish heritage all started at production. among production and redemption, historical past unfolds as a chain of static, repeating styles that concurrently account for the disappointments of the second one Temple interval and ensure the everlasting nature of the covenant. As iterations of undying, cyclical styles, the tough post-exilic current and the wonderful redemption of the long run end up commonplace, unremarkable, and inevitable ancient advancements.
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36 chapter 2 the congregation proclaims their praise (ms B: חכמתם תש[נה] עדה ותהלתם ;יספר קהלG: σοϕίαν αὐτῶν διηγήσονται λαοί καὶ τὸν ἔπαινον ἐξαγγέλλει ἐκκλησία). 68 (Sir 50:23–24) The substance of Ben Sira’s hopes for Simon recalls the list of benefits that accrue to the אנשי חסד. The themes of wisdom, peace, covenant, and covenantal loyalty ( )חסדfor both Simon and for his descendants figure prominently in the closing verses of chs. 44 and 50. In fact, it appears that Simon is the implied subject of ch.
1 and 24. ” In vv. 11–20, Ben Sira describes the benefits of possessing wisdom, and he again alludes to a specific group that receives wisdom as a divine grant. 2 (14) To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; she is created with the faithful in the womb (µετὰ πιστῶν ἐν µήτρᾳ συνεκτίσθη αὐτοῖς). (15) She made as a nest among human beings an eternal foundation (µετὰ ἀνθρώπων θεµέλιον αἰῶνος ἐνόσσευσεν), and among their descendants she will abide faithfully (µετὰ τοῦ σπέρµατος αὐτῶν ἐµπιστευθήσεται.
We cannot detect any temporal distance, moreover, between the reception of wisdom by “all his works” and “all the living” on the one hand, and “those who love him” on the other. As part of God’s creation of wisdom, he assigned it to all humankind and lavished it upon those who love him. According to Ben Sira, God bestowed a special gift of wisdom upon Israel, a people whose history continued the process of creation. , Jerusalem) he gave me a resting place,” suggests that the group designated in 1:10 as “those who love him” refers to Israel.
Creation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period by Ari Mermelstein