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Bibil Identifier bibil:213033
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Pendulum Is Never Static
Title (English, ) Jesus Sira to Jesus Christ on Women in the Light of Judith, Susanna and LXX Esther
Author Jordaan, Pierre
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 65, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 178-183 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract When the New Testament is interpreted, directly preceding literature is largely neglected. The dialectical terms, discourse and contra-discourse do not often surface in research on this period. This is especially the case with reference to women. Jesus Ben Sira (ca. 196 BCE) as well as other wisdom writers had quite a negative view of women. Although it has previously been argued that this negative discourse on women was challenged by Judith, this article goes further: the Additions to Esther and Susanna are added as possible challenging discourses. It is argued that these texts convincingly confront Ben Sira’s negative views and add substantial value to the worth and status of women. During the CE, both Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul had a mainly positive view of women. Positive ideas and allusions from texts are pointed out that might have their roots in the Apocrypha. Lastly, this article argues that the disputed Pauline letters contain a swing back towards Jesus Ben Sira’s negative view of women.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v65i1.167
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Deuterocanonical : Sirach / Wisdom of Jesus Ben-Sira / Ecclesiasticus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Deuterocanonical : Judith
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Esther : Greek Esther
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Women
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