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The Treatment of Poverty and Theodicy in the Syriac Translation of Ben Sira

The Treatment of Poverty and Theodicy in the Syriac Translation of Ben Sira <jats:sec> <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>This paper is aimed to address the relationship between the Hebrew and the Syriac versions of Ben Sira—and it will try to expose a coherent agenda on the part of the Syriac translator, explaining at least some of the differences between the two versions. The Syriac translator felt obliged to change the content of the original text's treatment of evil. He tended to stress human choice and mute Ben Sira's allusions to predestination and God's creation of Evil. Pointing out this tendency offers new perspectives on earlier scholarship, especially Winter (1977), who claimed that the Syriac version was biased against wealth.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

The Treatment of Poverty and Theodicy in the Syriac Translation of Ben Sira

Aramaic Studies , Volume 7 (2): 131 – Jan 1, 2009

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1477-8351
eISSN
1745-5227
DOI
10.1163/147783509X12627760049679
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Abstract

<jats:sec> <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>This paper is aimed to address the relationship between the Hebrew and the Syriac versions of Ben Sira—and it will try to expose a coherent agenda on the part of the Syriac translator, explaining at least some of the differences between the two versions. The Syriac translator felt obliged to change the content of the original text's treatment of evil. He tended to stress human choice and mute Ben Sira's allusions to predestination and God's creation of Evil. Pointing out this tendency offers new perspectives on earlier scholarship, especially Winter (1977), who claimed that the Syriac version was biased against wealth.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Aramaic StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: THEODICY; PREDESTINATION; EVIL; POVERTY; BEN SIRA; M.M. WINTER; SYRIAC

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