Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

The wisdom of Ben Sira in MENA cultural context: A cultural topical index

John Pilch
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3212 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3212 | © 2016 John Pilch | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 October 2015 | Published: 19 August 2016

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John Pilch, Johns Hopkins University, Odyssey Program, Baltimore, MD, United States; Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, United States


The biblical Books of Proverbs and Ben Sira (Sirach; Ecclesiasticus) yield no narrative continuity or logical outline. They are simply collections. The best way to interpret these books is with the aid of a topical index. Most topical indexes are based on English (or another language) translation. This article proposes a tentative topical index reflecting Middle East North African culture and its values. It will serve as the outline for a full length commentary already in process.


Culture, Topical Index, Ben Sira


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