Ben Sira will never replace Kohelet within the Tanak or as a synagogue reading on Sukkot. But although it is “outside the Bible,” it may still contain teachings and wisdom that remain relevant for us today. King Solomon, the reputed author of Kohelet, was said to have a capacious sense of wisdom. We might want to ask whether our tent, like those of the Talmudic and Geonic Sages, is large enough to include Ben Sira, even if the book is only just allowed to lurk at the entrance.Cross-file under Old Testament Apocrypha Watch.
Friday, October 02, 2015
Satlow on Ben Sira
MICHAEL L. SATLOW: The Wisdom of Ben Sira: How Jewish? (TheTorah.com).