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Sirach

, person in the Bible
Sirach (sīˈrək), the father of the author of the book of Sirach.

Sirach

, book of the Bible
Sirach (sīˈrək) or Ecclesiasticus (ēklēˌzēăsˈtĭkəs) [Lat. from Gr.,=ecclesiastical], book included in the Septuagint and in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament but not included in the Hebrew Bible and placed in the Apocrypha of the Authorized Version and Protestant Bibles since. It is called also the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach. A prologue states that the book was composed in Hebrew by one Jesus, son of Sirach, and translated into Greek by his grandson, Simeon son of Jesus son of Eleazar ben Sira. The date of the translation may be 132–131 B.C. The date of the composition of the original Hebrew text is 200–180 B.C. The excellence of wisdom and the teaching of wisdom are the main themes. Some important passages include the praise of wisdom leading into a protest against determinism; the identification of personified Wisdom with the law commanded by Moses; the praise of God for the works of nature; and the praise of the famous men of Israel. The book closes with a psalm. Although about two thirds of the Hebrew version has been recovered, there is much textual variation. The book is a good example of wisdom literature (see Wisdom of Solomon).

Bibliography

See P. W. Skehan and A. A. Di Lella, The Wisdom of Ben Sira (1987). See also bibliography under Apocrypha.

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Therefore, older people of wisdom are able to manifest the qualities mentioned from Verse 6 to 8 in Chapter 25 of Ecclesiasticus: being able to make good judgments, provide counsel, and being experienced.
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Koch) Herpyllus ecclesiasticus Hentz 1 31 Micaria deserticola Gertsch Micaria nanella Gertsch Micaria 2 16 Nodocion floridanus (Banks) 0 64 Sergiolus 01 Zelotes gertschi Platnick & Shadab Zelotes pseustes Chamberlin Zelotes tuobus Chamberlin 2 0 Undetermined 35 726 Hahniidae Hahnia cinerea Emerton 4 0 Neoantistea mulaiki Gertsch Linyphiidae Agyneta llanoensis (Gersch & Davis) Ceraticelus crenatus (Emerton) Ceraticelus similis (Banks) 12 0 Ceraticelus sp.
Then there is the romance of it all: Ecclesiasticus had been known only in its Greek translation, but the syntax of the Greek suggested a Hebrew original.
His skill is immense, but he turns the exhortation of Ecclesiasticus, "Let us now praise famous men" completely on its head.
I would sigh and then explain that in the Catholic Bible, there's a book called Ecclesiasticus, also known as Sirach.
The martyr, it seemed to him, was in a sense unnatural, since blind Nature has neither codes nor causes; it was from this point of view that Andromache, like Ecclesiasticus, appeared the more sophisticated moralist, and heroes of every stamp seemed drunkards or madmen.
As a lexicographer, especially alert to changes in language, she desires that the "ubiquitous inscription" on First World War memorials--"Their name liveth for evermore"--derived from the passage in the Apocryphal work Ecclesiasticus that begins, "Let us now praise famous men" (chapter 44) be adopted by her culture literally.
Add to them 30:1-13 in Ecclesiasticus, one of the Jewish Testament books accepted as canonical by Roman Catholics (see JB, or better, Harwood's Biblical Apocrypha: Books Excluded From the King James Version).(5) These malicious verses begin with "Someone who loves his son will whip him regularly, so that he can eventually derive pleasure from him" and end with "Discipline your son, and take pains with him, so that you are not humiliated by his folly." That is why the author of Hebrews used horrible child-battering metaphors to describe one way Christianity's deity proves how much he "loves" his children.
come I shall not cease to be]" comes from Ecclesiasticus (Sirach)
In this hymn from the apocryphal book Ecclesiasticus [Fig.