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Title: Fast Talk
Subtitle: Ben Sira's Thoughts on Speech in Sir 5:9-6:1
Author(s): REYMOND, Eric D.
Journal: Revue de Qumran
Volume: 26    Issue: 2   Date: numéro 102, 2013   
Pages: 253-273
DOI: 10.2143/RQ.26.2.3203293

Abstract :
This paper analyzes a single passage from the Book of Ben Sira, Sir 5:9-6:1, in order to demonstrate how each ancient version of this passage reveals a slightly different emphasis or idea. Each version, moreover, exhibits a distinct structure that reflects its specific idea. The significance of this for the book as a whole is that it illustrates how an ancient reader’s or scribe’s wish to find or impose a coherence in the text could lead to him or her altering the text in deliberate as well as accidental ways.

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