Friendship according to a Biblical document from the Hellenistic period

International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 74 (1):54-64 (2013)
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In the Hellenistic world, both in Greece and in Egypt, friendship was a current and popular topic. This no doubt has influenced Ben Sira, a Jewish author from the second century bce, who in his book of wisdom has included no less than seven passages on different aspects of friendship. As a keen observer he lays stress on the sociological, or rather the socio-ethical foundations and implications of being one's friend. Over and above this, it always is fear of God which directs one's friendship aright.



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