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Speech in Ben Sira with special reference to 5,9-6,1


John I. Okoye

Contents: The content of the work includes an overview of speech in the OT and in Ben Sira - The analytical and synthetic study of some speech pericopes - The anthropological presuppositions of Ben Sira's speech ideology - The qualities of the ideal language user - The harm of evil or wrong use of speech can bring upon the user or his victims - Silence as an antidote to evil use of speech and also a motive for more effective use of speech - God's major role in human speech - Teaching on speech a possible aspect of wisdom theology.