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Election And Creation: The Sun, The Moon, And Israel's Chosenness

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Israelite sages classified human beings into two groups; a person was either wise or foolish. In this chapter, the author states that Ben Sira distinguishes human beings based on a nonoppositional understanding of election, a notion he derives from older biblical traditions and from a cosmological observation. According to Ben Sira, YHWH "poured out" a first allocation of wisdom upon all of his creations, including all human beings. Only a few studies offer a systematic treatment of the theme of creation in the book of Sirach. Leo Perdue focuses his study of Ben Sira on the twin themes of creation and history, and describes the purpose of Ben Sira's creation theology as the establishment of God's "providence," which Perdue defines as "the continuing governance of reality. Ben Sira's understanding is effectively illustrated in his distinction between ordinary time and festivals, which he respectively associates with the sun and the moon.

Keywords: Ben Sira; Israelite sages; moon; sun; wisdom; YHWH



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