Hebrew mss of Ben Sira

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Mary-Ellen | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Sep 11 2017 7:15 AM

These manuscripts are a substantial chunk of the source texts for the Dictionary of Classic Hebrew, but I haven't found a Logos resource or tool that gives me any kind of access to them. One option might be to incorporate them into one of the Manuscript Explorers (even though they aren't part of the "Hebrew Bible" or the Septuagint per se).  The website www.bensira.org is a wonderful repository of images and transcriptions from all the holding institutions of the fragments from the Cairo Genizah, Qumran and Masada, with a verse-by-verse index and thorough bibliographies.  It could be a good starting point for adding these mss to an Explorer.

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 11 2017 10:28 AM

I assume 'manuscripts' is the key word in your suggestion?  Which would be good.

I'm wondering if alternative books would fit? Or not? 

https://www.amazon.com/Book-Ben-Sira-Hebrew-Manuscripts/dp/1589832361   (Also Brill has one, though I didn't look at it).  

And of course, pieces of Sirach hebrew show up in Tov's Parallel Aligned, but that seems not what you're wanting? The popups do show which mss he sourced it from.

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Mary-Ellen | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 11 2017 11:52 AM

Thanks, Denise!  I didn't think about the Tov Parallel, very helpful.  Yes

The Beentjes volume sounds like the best out there, but I understand there have been a couple of new discoveries since then (published 1997), a downside to actual books.

And yes, there is still something special about getting a look at images of the manuscripts themselves, especially if there are infrared or other imaging techniques to bring out the writing.  Almost like stepping back in time, thinking about the scribe and the original readers.

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Steve Maling | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 11 2017 4:58 PM

Here's one more grateful for your reminder of Tov's parallels. Thank you, Denise, and Mary-Ellen for your original post and link.

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 12 2017 12:00 AM

Mary-Ellen:

It could be a good starting point for adding these mss to an Explorer.

Yes

The following thread contains screenshots of Tov and some PD resources in Logos that contain the Hebrew text of Ben Sira: https://community.logos.com/forums/t/99215.aspx

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Tobias Gerbothe | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 28 2021 2:17 AM

I'm sorry to revive an old thread, but i was really sad, when I came across the following sentence in a book, I recently bought in Logos: 

"The only complete edition is the electronic version by Martin G. Abegg Jr., available in the relevant module from A[nother] Bible Software" (J.Kampen, Wisdom Literature, p. 342) 

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