Ben Sira on Family, Gender, and Sexuality (Deuterocanonical by Ibolya Balla

By Ibolya Balla

The booklet investigates Ben Sira’s attitudes towards all concerns touching on sexuality within the context of relations kinfolk and gender concerns. The author’s possible unfavorable angle to girls, the nervousness expressed within the discussions of marital and extramarital family, and the disciplining of kids may end up in the idea that the paintings has a unfavorable angle towards sexuality.
Ben Sira’s publication is a mix of rigorously composed knowledge poems and of teachings on daily concerns, together with marriage, family members existence, self-discipline, wishes, and sexual promiscuity. The sage dedicates a better variety of passages than different knowledge books to the dialogue of social family specifically in regard to relations. In so doing his standard element of departure appears to be like what merits or damages those kinfolk suggest, and whether or not they carry shame to an individual, particularly via sexuality. moreover, we need to make a contrast among the attitudes of the author of the unique Hebrew textual content of the e-book and that of the Greek translator. the 2 texts, produced in numerous social settings, occasions and areas, vary now and then in regard to sexuality.
This ebook examines the knowledge poems, a few characterised by way of openness approximately problems with eroticism, and all sayings that obstacle issues concerning sexuality present in discussions of passions, relations kinfolk and gender concerns, and warnings opposed to sexual wrongdoing. All this is often performed with a distinct regard to the variations among the Hebrew unique textual content and the Greek translation.

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