Law and Wisdom from Ben Sira to Paul: A Tradition Historical by Eckhard J. Schnabel

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Wisdom finally finds a dwelling p l a c e ( K O T ^ T T avaei') a n d i n h e r i t a n c e {iiaTaK\r}povonri&r]Ti) in Israel ( 2 4 , 8 ) : " D i e voll e n t f a l t e t e Weisheit ist n u r in Israel zu f i n d e n " ' ' . na) — a p p e a r in this context^*. God's wisdom is where God's mercy is ( 1 , 2 7 ; 3 5 , 1 4 ) 5 9 . God's wisdom is where God's love is. The OT repeatedly points out that Israel is the very sphere of God's love (Deut 7 , 8 . 1 3 ; 1 0 , 1 3 ; 2 3 , 5 ; 3 3 , 3 ; Ez 16,8; Is 6 3 , 9 ; 4 3 , 4 ; Hos 1 1 , 4 ; 14,4).

Sauer, in JSHRZ III/5 ( 1 9 8 1 ) 5 0 7 . 27-32. Wisdom and Salvation-History 25 t h e r o o t of w i s d o m ( p t f a oocpiaq/nnon ^'w:^'^, v . 2 0 ) . T h e fear of t h e L o r d "is w i s d o m a n d i n s t r u c t i o n " ( v . 2 7 ) . In 6 , 3 6 H (= 6 , 3 7 G ) « l t h e fear of t h e L o r d is again p r e s e n t e d as a c o n d i t i o n a n d p r e ­ r e q u i s i t e for w i s d o m a n d i n s t r u c t i o n (see also 1 5 , 1 - 2 ; 3 2 , 1 4 - 1 6 ; 39,6; 4 3 , 3 3 ; 50,28-29). W i s d o m a n d t h e fear of t h e L o r d are f u r t h e r closely r e l a t e d w i t h e a c h o t h e r b y t h e fact t h a t t h e y share t h e s a m e fruits: glory (cf.

F. E. 323f. His "working hypothesis", that Ben Sira descended from a family whose members were not in the exile but had remained in Palestine and resented Ezra's imposition of a new and stricter version of the law remains a hypo­ thesis. 101 P. ", ZA W 87 (1975) 185-187. H. Lebram, "Aspektc der alttestamentlichen Kanonbildung", VT 18 ( 1 9 6 8 ) 189 (cf. p p . I S l f . 5). 103 M. 281 where he states that Ben Sira rejected any "chasidisch-pietistische Angstlichkeit und Priiderie". 104 J. 91 n .

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