Category Archives: Sirach

Lord’s Prayer, Booting the Quartos, Sabbath as Eden

1. Source: David Flusser, “Psalms, Hymns, and Prayers,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 560-561. “Of special interest is line 11b-12a: ‘Do not bring me into difficulties insurmountable for me; keep me … Continue reading

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Canon and Ben Sira

Source: M. Gilbert, “Wisdom Literature,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 300. On Ben Sira: “In the first century C.E. the book continued to circulate, as at Masada and Qumran. But nothing … Continue reading

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Elitist Wisdom Literature

Source: M. Gilbert, “Wisdom Literature,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 283. “Solomon played a still more important part in the development of wisdom in Israel. As organizer of the new state, … Continue reading

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My Dawkins Mood (and It’s Unrelated to Dating)

Source: Malcom Schofield, “The Presocratics,” The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, ed. David Sedley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 52: “One clue to the distinctive focus of the Pythagorean way of life is the fact that Herodotus associated … Continue reading

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Ben Sira’s View of the Afterlife

I finished Ben Sira last night. Something that many scholars point out is that Ben Sira didn’t really believe in an afterlife. He told his readers to enjoy the pleasures of life and the fruits of their labors, since they … Continue reading

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FOT 2008, Day 5

This will be somewhat of a wandering post, so be forewarned! One Feast of Tabernacles sermon that I remember was given by Ron Dart. I don’t entirely remember where it was–Florida? French Lick? Williamsburg? Kentucky? I’m not sure. But Ron … Continue reading

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Feast of Tabernacles 2008

Today is the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. If you want to read my reflections on last year’s feast, see Feast of Tabernacles 2007. The first day of the Feast of Tabernacles is a Sabbath. Ordinarily, I do … Continue reading

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What Helps Me Love My Enemies…

Here are some thoughts that help me to love my enemies: 1. I do a weekly quiet time on holy days and weekly Sabbaths. Yesterday, on the Day of Atonement, I studied I Samuel 1. The Encyclopedia Judaica‘s article on … Continue reading

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