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Old Testament Essays

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LEMMELIJN, Bénédicte. Wisdom of life as way of life: The Wisdom of Jesus Sirach as a case in point. Old testam. essays [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.2, pp. 444-471. ISSN 2312-3621.

After a general introduction to the idea of Biblical Wisdom as wisdom of life, the present contribution will introduce three crucial concepts thereof: "righteousness, " "fear of the Lord" and "blessing. " These concepts will be dealt with in the context of both an immanent and transcendent orientation of Biblical wisdom. Thereafter, and against the background of the book Ecclesiasticus or The Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach, this Biblical wisdom will be concretely illustrated. As wisdom pertains to many aspects of daily human life, the text will be presented on the basis of a florilegium of a number of pericopes which are related to the varying facets of human life in its search for meaning and happiness.

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