By Ibolya Balla
The booklet of Ben Sira, the longest Jewish knowledge publication, is a mix of knowledge poems a couple of personified girl knowledge determine, and of teachings on daily matters together with marriage, kinfolk lifestyles, strength of mind, wishes, and sexual promiscuity. Its writer demonstrates an nervousness relating to concerns of sexuality within the discussions of social kinfolk, together with marriage, family members existence, and in warnings opposed to sexual wrongdoing.This research examines all teachings referring to sexuality within the context of relations family and gender matters with a unique regard to the variations among the Hebrew unique textual content of the ebook and its Greek translation.
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Occasionally the mother's role in the instructions also finds an expression (Prov 1:8; 6:20-21) and we read about the teaching of Tobit's grandmother, Deborah in Tob 1:8. Gen 18:19 implies that the education of the children was a religious duty within the family. Cf. also WRIGHT, "Family," 764. 21-23. For an example of teaching the law, prophets and biblical history see 4Macc 18:10-19. Cf. also FONTAINE, "The Sage in Family and Tribe," 158-159. Education also con sisted of general ethical teaching (Tob 4:3-18), practical matters, such as teaching a son writing (Jub 8:2; 11:16; 19:14; 47:9 and T.
It a p p e a r s that d a u g h t e r s w e r e a s p e c i a l c o n c e r n for the a u t h o r . Sir 7:23-25 MSA 35 23 Do you have sons? Chastise them (DDIK T O ^ D^D) and take for them wives in their youth ( D m i P n WVn Uif? KtBI). 37 24 Do you have daughters Guard their chastity (lit. body) p K t f ) 36 (mn)? 33 ARCHER, Her Price is Beyond Rubies, 36-38, 104. GRABBE, A History of the Jews, 184, notes on the other hand, that after purification from childbirth women are expected to take part in the cult by bringing offerings (Lev 12:6), and that the separation of women from men seems to be a development in late Second Temple period as sug gested in Josephus, Ag.
A professional class of scribes emerged who were also trained in the law and its interpretation, and this class was open to priests, Levites and laymen as well. There is little information available regarding the structure of public schooling of this period. 17; probably the Greek version of Sir 7:23; 30:12. -Phoc. 207-209. Occasionally the mother's role in the instructions also finds an expression (Prov 1:8; 6:20-21) and we read about the teaching of Tobit's grandmother, Deborah in Tob 1:8. Gen 18:19 implies that the education of the children was a religious duty within the family.