The Sequence of Sir 4:26-27 in Light of Akkadian and Aramaic Texts from the Levant and Later Writings

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Abstract

Using tools of lower criticism and comparative method, this paper seeks to trace the original text of Sir 4:26-27. First reviewing the Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, and Latin versions of this passage, it then discusses parallel Near Eastern sources - in particular, the Akkadian Hear the Advice and Syriac Wisdom of Ahiqar prevalent in Syro-Levantine societies. The proverb's subsequent history in medieval Arabic and Jewish sources, attributed to the legendary wise man Luqmān and Ibn Gabirol, is also traced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-449
Number of pages14
JournalZeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Volume130
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Sep 2018

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