International Conference: “Discovering, Deciphering and Dissenting: Ben Sira’s Hebrew Text, 1896-2016”, St John’s College, Cambridge, UK, 12-14 September 2016

On the 120th anniversary of the discovery of the Genizah manuscripts of Ben Sira, this conference will consider the particular contributions of the Hebrew manuscripts of Ben Sira, in connection with the language and transmission of the book. Despite the existence of six versions in the Genizah as well as the scroll from Masada and two tiny fragments from Qumran, the characteristics of each Hebrew witness have been neglected and their significance for the history of Hebrew, for Jewish studies and for the reception of early Jewish writings is due for consideration.

Organized by Dr James Aitken, University of Cambridge, Professor Renate Egger-Wenzel, Universität Salzburg, and Professor Stefan Reif, St John’s College, Cambridge.

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