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Itinerant Sages: The Evidence of Sirach in its Ancient Mediterranean Context

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Itinerant Sages : The Evidence of Sirach in its Ancient Mediterranean Context. / Uusimäki, Elisa Katariina.

In: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Vol. 44, No. 3, 03.2020, p. 315-336.

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Uusimäki, Elisa Katariina. / Itinerant Sages : The Evidence of Sirach in its Ancient Mediterranean Context. In: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. 2020 ; Vol. 44, No. 3. pp. 315-336.

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