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“The Taste Of Paradise” Interpretation Of Exodus And Manna In The Book Of Wisdom

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Like in the other main wisdom book of our deuterocanonical corpus, in Ben Sira, where a separate section, the so called Praise of the Fathers deals with biblical persons or stories, in the Book of Wisdom a separate section discusses the role of Wisdom from the patriarchs to the story of Exodus. The theme of Exodus has already a prominent role in the canonical books, mostly in those which deal with the problem of the Exile and Restoration and this problem is further discussed in the early Jewish literature. Presentation of Exodus creates a problematic task for the interpreter of the Book of Wisdom. By the use of the term "the food of angels" at the beginning of his presentation of the manna event, and by the use of the reference to the manna as "ambrosia" at the very end of his whole book, the author connects manna with immortality.

Keywords: Ben Sira; Book of Wisdom; early Jewish literature; food of angels; manna; story of Exodus



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