The Wisdom of Sirach (Hardcover)

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Study the wisdom of Ben Sira.

A deuterocanonical collection of proverbs from the intertestamental period, the Book of Sirach has been treated by many Protestants as a bit of Catholic trivia. Yet careful study of Sirach reveals fascinating insights into Jewish thought two centuries before Jesus. Walter T. Wilson invites scholars and nonspecialists alike to discover the wisdom of this important yet under-studied text.

A temple scribe writing in the second century BCE, Ben Sira aimed to instill fear of the Lord and discipline in his community. Interweaving practical advice and theoretical wisdom, his book instructs readers--then and now--in the principles of wisdom so that they may apply them to right action and lead the good life.

Based on the New Revised Standard Version, Wilson's commentary explicates the translated English text with careful attention to its historical and religious contexts, formal qualities, prevailing themes, and place in the canon (or lack thereof). The volume includes a helpful bibliography and notes.

About the Author


Walter T. Wilson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. In addition to teaching New Testament at Candler, he coordinates the scripture and interpretation concentration as part of the Master of Divinity program. Prior to joining the Candler faculty in 1997, he taught at Yale Divinity School and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Wilson is the author of nine books dealing with the world of the New Testament and the editor of New Testament Interpretation: A Practical Guide.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780802881762
ISBN-10: 0802881769
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 636
Language: English
Series: Eerdmans Critical Commentary