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Noah In The Praise Of The Fathers: The Flood Story In Nuce

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In the Praise of the Fathers (Sirach 44-50), Noah occurs as one - if not the first - of Israel's ancestors. So far, the brief portrayal of Noah in Sir 44:17-18 has not attracted a great deal of scholarly attention. Commentators generally confine themselves to noticing some more or less evident connections with the Book of Genesis. This chapter provides a close examination of the portrayal of Noah in Sir 44:17-18, paying attention both to the perception of the figure of Noah and his story on the one hand, and to the purpose of the mention of Noah within the Praise of the Fathers on the other hand. It then briefly addresses two major questions which bear on the placement of Sir 44:17-18 within the reception history of Noah and the Flood in ancient Jewish Literature.

Keywords: ancient Jewish Literature; Book of Genesis; Flood; Israel's ancestors; Noah; Praise of the Fathers



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