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Wisdom of Ben-Sira
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also known as the “Wisdom of Ben Sira,” “Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sira,” or “Ecclesiasticus” (the Latin Vulgate title). A second-century bc collection of ethical teachings written in poetic verse, much like the book of Proverbs; belongs to the genre of Wisdom literature. Sirach is not in the Hebrew Bible.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Sirach, Book of
Sirach, Book of (Σιραχ, Sirach). Also known as the “Wisdom of Ben Sira,” “Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sira,” or “Ecclesiasticus” (the Latin Vulgate title). A second-century bc collection of ethical teachings written in poetic verse, much like the book of Proverbs; belongs to the genre of Wisdom literature.
Sirach, Book of, Critical Issues
Sirach, Book of, Critical Issues Overviews issues related to the book of Sirach, including the discovery of new Hebrew manuscripts since the 19th century, Sirach’s relationship to the book of Proverbs, and Sirach’s relationship to the ethical teachings of Jesus.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Wisdom of Ben-Sira
WISDOM OF BEN-SIRA. One of the earliest and certainly the longest of the deuterocanonical/apocryphal books of the OT. The Wisdom of Ben Sira provides the most comprehensive example of wisdom literature preserved in the Bible. The book is also known as Sirach (the name found in the Greek mss) or Ecclesiasticus
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Sirach
Sirach sirʹak, sirʹək. The preeminent wisdom book of the Apocrypha, also known as Ecclesiasticus (i.e., “the church book”) in the Western Christian tradition. I. Date II. Author III. Text IV. Background V. Literary Character VI. Content and Purpose
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Wisdom of Jesus Ben Sirach
WISDOM OF JESUS BEN SIRACH Deuterocanonical book that is also known as Ecclesiasticus (to be distinguished from the canonical book Ecclesiastes). The author is generally referred to as Jesus ben Sirach; however, in recently discovered Hebrew manuscripts, his name is given as Simon son of Jesus son of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Sirach
Sirach (si´ruhk), or the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach, or Ecclesiasticus, a book of instruction and proverbs written in Hebrew ca. 180 bce in Jerusalem by an instructor of wealthy youths. It was translated into Greek in Alexandria by the author’s grandson sometime after 132 bce. The work provides
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Sirach
Sirach (Gk. Sirach), Wisdom of Jesus The Son ofAlso called the Wisdom of Ben Sira, after the name of the author (Heb. ben sɩ̂rāʾ), or the Latin title, Ecclesiasticus (“the church [book]”). It is classified among the deuterocanonical or apocryphal works, absent from the Jewish and Protestant canon,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Sirach, Wisdom of Jesus the Son of (Writing)
SIRACH[sĭrˊăk, sīˊrək], Wisdom of Jesus the Son of.† The oldest book of the Apocrypha, known in Hebrew as the Wisdom of Jesus (Joshua) ben Sira. Although not included in the Hebrew canon of the Bible, the book remained in use in Judaism until the Middle Ages. By the third century A.D. it was known
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Sirach, Book of
SIRACH, BOOK OF Also called the book of Ecclesiasticus (not to be confused with Ecclesiastes) and occasionally the Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach or Jesus ben Sira. Sirach is a deuterocanonical book of the Old Testament, accepted as Scripture by Catholics and the Orthodox, but not found in the Bibles
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Sirach
SIRACHThe Wisdom of Ben Sira, also known as Sirach or Ecclesiasticus, is a collection of sayings and lengthier instructions written by a devout Jew of the late third to early second century b.c. The author identifies wisdom with the Torah of Moses, thus anchoring his students who seek wisdom and honor
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Ecclesiasticus
Ecclesiasticus. A Book of the *Apocrypha, orig. ‘the Wisdom (or ‘Proverbs’) of Jesus the son of Sirach’, also known as ‘Ben-Sira’ or ‘Sirach’. The name ‘Ecclesiasticus’ is already found in *Cyprian; it is referred by *Rufinus to the Book’s pre-eminence among the *deuterocanonical writings as a ‘Church
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ecclesiasticus
Ecclesias´ticus, one of the books of the Apocrypha. This title is given in the Latin version to the book which is called in the Septuagint The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach. The word designates the character of the writing, as publicly used in the services of the Church.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Ecclesiasticus
EcclesiasticusEcclesiasticus (ee-kleeʹzee-asʹti-kuhs), or the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach, a book of instruction and proverbs, written in Hebrew around 180 b.c. in Jerusalem by an instructor of wealthy youths. It was translated into Greek in Alexandria by the author’s grandson sometime after
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