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Clause Hierarchy In The Praise Of The Fathers

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In an article on the verbal system in the Hebrew text of the Praise of the Fathers, a short survey of opinions about the aim and genre of this chapter is given. The chapter tests the hypothesis that Sirach 44-49 is a Beispiereihe from a linguistic perspective. In Gr some of the difficulties raised by the text in Heb (B) and Syr have been resolved by the introduction of the name of Elijah in 48: 1 and the change of 'until' into 'and'. The reading 'and' in Gr instead of 'until' in MS Band Syr also seems a means to resolve a difficult reading. It concludes that the depiction of Elijah and Elisha is strongly rooted in the account of the people's sin, their refusal to return from their evil deeds and the final outcome of their transgressions: the exile.

Keywords: Beispiereihe; Elijah; Elisha; Hebrew text; Praise of the Fathers; Sirach 44-49



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