302 REVIEW OF BOOKS Benjamin G. WRIGHT, No Small Difference: Sirach's Relationship to its Hebrew Parent Text (Septuagint and Cognate Studies, 26). Scholars Press, Atlanta, Georgia 1989, xx and 354 pp., $12.95. ISBN 1 55540 375 1. So far only Franz V. REITERER, in his publication « Urtext» und Ueberset- zungen : Sprachstudie über Sir. 44, 16-45, 26 als Beitrag zur Sirachforschung (AT- SAT 12, St. Ottilien 1980), has dealt with specific elements of translation technique in the three major versions (Greek, Latin, Syriac) of the open- ing section of the Praise of the Ancestors. Although his study is an ex- cellent treatment of this section of the Laus Patrum, one cannot readily apply its results to the entire Book of Ben Sira, because they are based on the evaluation of a relatively small text portion which, moreover, differs in many respects from the rest of the book In the essentially unrevised version of his Ph.D. dissertation (1988, Pennsylvania), whose title has been derived from the Prologos of Ben Sira's grandson itself [oL fLLXpàtv EXe? AV 8?aq?op&v?, B.G. WRIGHT offers now a systematic attempt to understand the translation technique of the grand- son's work. In most of the
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