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Simon the High Priest in Sirach 50

An exegetical study of the significance of Simon the High Priest as climax to the Praise of the fathers in Ben Sira's concept of the history of Israel

Simon the High Priest in Sirach 50 by O. Mulder
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This study in the Hebrew and Greek versions of Sirach 50 deals with the wisdom tradition, personified in Simon the High Priest, who is called "the Just" in the rabbinical tradition. As a genuine eyewitness Ben Sira offers proof of Simon's significance in the re-building of Jerusalem as climax of the Praise of the Fathers on Rosh Hashanah. His re-writing of Israel's history ends with a polemic against the legality of the Samaritan temple and direct allusion to the author's name.

The volume examines three new pictures of the original Geniza fragments found in 1896. The comparison of both versions provides an impressive picture of the development of Israel's religion in the Second Temple period from 200-132 BCE.

BRILL; January 2003
428 pages; ISBN 9789047401186
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Title: Simon the High Priest in Sirach 50
Author: O. Mulder