The Contribution of the Language of The Book of Ben Sira to Biblical Hebrew Philology

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The Biblical Hebrew dictionaries occasionally use the Book of Ben Sira as important evidence for interpreting difficult biblical words or words with a small number of occurrences, when their meaning in the Bible is uncertain. In such cases, an attempt may be made to use the philological evidence from Ben Sira to interpret these words. To date, no research has systematically collected all the biblical verses containing difficult words that have been analyzed by the biblical dictionaries with the help of philological evidence from the book of Ben Sira. In my article, I discuss the proposed emendation of both the noun (in Amos 2:6; 8:6) and the verbal form (in 1 Sam 12:3) to the otherwise unattested BH word meaning “bribe” and the root (including its nominal and verbal derivatives).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscovering, Deciphering and Dissenting
Subtitle of host publicationBen Sira Manuscripts after 120 years
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783110614473
ISBN (Print)9783110601091
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameDeuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Yearbook


  • Ben Sira
  • Biblical vocabulary
  • Hebrew philology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)


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