By Pancratius Cornelis Beentjes
This quantity offers with the Hebrew texts of all 9 manuscripts came upon among 1896 and 1982 of the e-book of Ben Sira that's reckoned one of the deuterocanonical biblical knowledge literature and used to be written in Jerusalem approximately one hundred eighty BCE. within the first a part of this quantity the Hebrew manuscripts are provided in facsimile, i.e. offering the actual textual kingdom of the recovered texts. The moment a part of this quantity bargains in a simpler and useful manner than in former textual content versions a synopsis of all Hebrew Ben Sira texts that are on hand in additional than one manuscript.
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9 We take only ourselves to be obliged to observe these laws, and this cannot offend our fellow men. Do our opinions seem absurd? It is not necessary to dispute the matter. We act in accordance with our convictions, and others may call into question the validity of laws that, by our own admission, place them under no obligation. We can leave to their own consciences whether or not they act justly, tolerantly, and philanthropically when they ridicule our laws and customs to such a degree. As long as we do not intend to convince others of our opinions, arguing is useless.
Most of his conclusions seem to me to follow so little from his premises that I would dare to defend any religion with the same reasons. Perhaps the author himself is not to be blamed for this; he can only have written for such readers who, like him, are convinced and who read only to strengthen their faith. If writer and reader agree about the result, then they will soon come to an agreement about the reasons. But, sir, I rightly wonder at the fact that you consider this book sufficient for persuading a person who, given his principles, must be partial to an opposing view.
Whoever believes that no salvation is to be found outside of his church must quite often feel such a sigh rising in his breast. It is indeed a natural obligation for every mortal man to spread knowledge and virtue among his fellow men and to blot out their prejudices and errors as much as is within his power. Given this way of thinking, one might believe that everyone is obliged to publicly dispute the religious opinions that he takes to be erroneous. But not all prejudices are equally harmful, and therefore the prejudices that we believe we perceive among our fellow men must not all be handled in the same fashion.
The Book of Ben Sira in Hebrew: A Text Edition of All Extant Hebrew Manuscripts and a Synopsis of All Parallel Hebrew Ben Sira Texts (Vetus Testamentum , Suppl. 68) by Pancratius Cornelis Beentjes