Ben Sira and the Men Who Handle Books: Gender and the Rise of Canon-Consciousness (Hebrew Bible Monographs)
by Claudia Camp, Weatherly Professor of Religion
Sheffield Phoenix Press
Early 2nd century scribe Ben Sira was a misogynist who struggled with conflicting feelings of gender anxiety and idealization of “woman wisdom” in the Old Testament’s Proverbs. Camp’s thesis is that these inconsistent perceptions of gender are fundamental to Sira’s appropriation and production of authoritative religious literature.
The author argues that a critical analysis of Sira’s gender ideology is essential for understanding women’s role in the rise of canon-consciousness in early Judaism.