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Does Wisdom Come From The Temple? Ben Sira’s Attitude To The Temple Of Jerusalem

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Wisdom seems not to be a genre with narrow thematic concerns. It can discuss all the elements of faith even if it pays more attention to the moral dimensions. Ben Sira opened a new way of writing wisdom. Although writing of wisdom he is interested in offerings, temple officials and the temple itself. This chapter tries to detect the nature and reason of this unique temple oriented wisdom of Ben Sira: Does it derive from the period in which it was written? Is it connected to the profession of Ben Sira? Has it any relation to other views on the temple of YHWH? He describes Torah/wisdom as coming out of the temple, as the central meeting point of men and God, and in this sense as the source of teaching. In doing so Ben Sira follows the previous idea of monotemplism and perpetuates the importance of the temple in Jerusalem.

Keywords: Ben Sira; God; Jerusalem; temple oriented wisdom



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