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Alphabet of Sirach
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Usually called “The Alphabet of Ben Sira.” A mediaeval Jewish text containing two lists of nonbiblical and pseudepigraphal proverbs—22 in Aramaic and 22 in Hebrew—arranged as alphabet acrostics, and accompanied by Haggadic commentary and other legendary material. Some of the Aramaic proverbs may date back to the bc period, while the Hebrew proverbs are later, and half of them are borrowed from the Talmud. The commentary may be as late as 1000 ad. The only complete copy of the text resides in the British Museum—the copy in the Bodleian Library is defective. The work has been translated into several languages, but not yet completely into English.(For more information about the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, see this article: Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament. For information about the process of canonization, see these articles: Canon, Old Testament; Canon, New Testament.)
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Sirach, Alphabet of
Sirach, Alphabet of Usually called “The Alphabet of Ben Sira.” A mediaeval Jewish text containing two lists of nonbiblical and pseudepigraphal proverbs—22 in Aramaic and 22 in Hebrew—arranged as alphabet acrostics, and accompanied by Haggadic commentary and other legendary material. Some of the Aramaic
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SIRACH, THE ALPHABET OF
SIRACH, THE ALPHABET OFUsually called The Alphabet of Ben Sira. The compilation so designated consists of two lists of proverbs, 22 in Aramaic and 22 in Hebrew, arranged in each case as alphabet acrostics. Each of these proverbs is followed by a haggadic comm., with legends and tales, many of them indecent.