Note on the Alphabet of Ben Sira
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Note on the Alphabet of Ben Sira by Emile Marmorstein

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Published by Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia .
Written in English


  • Alphabet of Ben Sira -- Criticism and interpretation.

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Edition Notes

Statementby Emile Marmorstein.
The Physical Object
Paginationp. 303-306 ;
Number of Pages306
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18821149M

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The Alphabet of ben Sira is the earliest form we know of the Lilith legend familiar to most people (that is, to most people who are familiar with Lilith at all). It is here that we find Lilith as Adam's first wife. Scholars tend to date the Alphabet between the 8th and 10th centuries, CE. Whether the story itself is older, or, if so, how much older is not possible to say. Full text of "The Wisdom of Ben Sira; portions of the Book of Ecclesiasticus from Hebrew manuscripts in the Cairo Genizah collection presented to the University of Cambridge by the editors;" See other formats. The Alphabet of Ben Sira The Alphabet of Ben Sira (Alphabet of Jesus ben Sirach, Alphabetum Siracidis, Othijoth ben Sira) is an anonymous medieval text attributed to Jesus ben Sirach, the author of the Wisdom of Sirach. It is dated to anywhere between A.D. and It is a compilation of two lists of proverbs, 22 in Aramaic and 22 in Hebrew, both arranged as alphabetic Size: 66KB. Read the Book of Ben Sira online. Use highlighting, underlining, and take notes while you study the bible.

The Book of Ben Sira Index of Passages Compiled by Joshua A. Blachorsky Note: Each verse is indexed to a specific Genizah folio and/or Qumran or Masada document. In the case of the Genizah materials, the specific manuscript, folio, and side (r = recto; v = verso) are indicated, e.g., is . The Jewish Quarterly Review, Volume XLI, N° 3 january Main Contents: The «hidden geniza» once more or Mr. Trever versus Mr. Trever, by Tovia Wechsler (4 p.). The Hebrew Scrolls: a challenge to scholarship, by prof. S. Zeitlin (26 p.). A note on the «Alphabet of Ben Sira», by E. Marmorstein (4 p.). The origin of the alphabet by prof. H. Tur-Sinai (26 p.). | Usually called The Alphabet of Ben Sira. The compilation so designated consists of two lists of proverbs, 22 in Aramaic and 22 in Hebrew, arranged in each case as alphabet acrostics. Each of these proverbs is followed by a haggadic comm., with legends and tales, many of them indecent. Some of the proverbs in the Alphabets are probably genuine. The book of Sirach actually has three different titles, depending on the language of its transmission or the religious tradition that reads it. In Hebrew the book is known as The Wisdom of Joshua (Jesus) Ben Sira. In the Vulgate, the book is called Ecclesiasticus (the church’s book). In the Jewish-Greek scripturesFile Size: KB.

The book is consistently sounding the praises of hypocritical and insincere behaviour. So shocking and abhorrent are some of the contents of "the Alphabet of Ben-Sira" that modern scholars have been at a loss to explain why anyone would have written such a book. Some see . Ben Sira believed that patience and unwavering trust in God are ultimately rewarded with the benefits of God’s mercy and of lasting joy. –18 A stern warning to those who compromise their faith in time of affliction; they fail in courage and trust and therefore have no security (vv. 12–14). The Alphabet of Ben Sira (Pseudo-Sirach) is a Hebrew work from those circumstances.[1] It outrageously mocks highly respected learning. At the same time, it contemplates with literary sophistication the justice of the Jews’ Babylonian exile. The Alphabet of Ben Sira claims for Ben Sira a miraculous birth. It has Jewish sages declaring that. BEN SIRA, ALPHABET OF. BEN SIRA, ALPHABET OF, a narrative, satirical work, written probably in the geonic period in the Alphabet of Ben Sira is one of the earliest, most complicated, and most sophisticated Hebrew stories written in the Middle versions of the work have been printed: (a) the usual text found in most editions and manuscripts, edited with notes by Steinschneider.