While no other text can claim this same unique authority, Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal literature such as contained in the first volume of The Researchers Library of Ancient Texts (Volume One—The Apocrypha: Includes the Books of Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees; also available on Kindle), provides literature that often precedes or follows the chronology of biblical texts, whiWhile no other text can claim this same unique authority, Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal literature such as contained in the first volume of The Researchers Library of Ancient Texts (Volume One—The Apocrypha: Includes the Books of Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees; also available on Kindle), provides literature that often precedes or follows the chronology of biblical texts, which frequently are used or assigned as supplemental works within academic settings to help students and scholars discover or better understand cultural and historical context within the Word of God. Whether or not the information contained in the apocryphal literature is entirely precise—as is the canon of Scripture—these ancient texts provide commentators’ valuable insight into what many ancient Jews and early Christians believed when, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets” (Heb. 1:1)."The [Book] of Sirach is a collection of ethical teachings. Thus Ecclesiasticus closely resembles Proverbs, except that, unlike the latter, it is the work of a single author, not an anthology of maxims drawn from various sources... The teachings are applicable to all conditions of life: to parents and children, to husbands and wives, to the young, to masters, to friends, to the rich, and to the poor. Many of them are rules of courtesy and politeness; and a still greater number contain advice and instruction as to the duties of man toward himself and others, especially the poor, as well as toward society and the state, and most of all toward God. These precepts are arranged in verses, which are grouped according to their outward form. The sections are preceded by eulogies of wisdom which serve as introductions and mark the divisions into which the collection falls." --WikipediaThe Book of Sirach is available in The Researchers Library of Ancient Texts (Volume One—The Apocrypha: Includes the Books of Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees; also available on Kindle), as well as The Book of Enoch, The Book of Jasher, The Book of Jubilees, 1 Esdras, 2 Esdras, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Tobias, Wisdom, Judith, Baruch, Susanna, Prayer of Azariah, Prayer of Manasseh, Bel and the Dragon, and Laodiceans....
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The Book of Sirach Reviews
So far enjoying the book, one without looking hard can find a few connections with the New Testament, the clearest so far: "Forgive a wrong done you by your neighbor; then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. Can a man preserve wrath against his neighbor and still seek healing from the Lord? Can he show no mercy toward a man like himself and still beg God for mercy for himself?"On another grid: "Honor the physician with the honor due him... for the Lord created him... the Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not loathe them... He gave skill to men, that He might be glorified in His wonders." - this would put an end to the pseudo-debate between medicine vs prayer that many Christians hold.
I was able to read it in two days however it just took me days to review this on. I learned a lot from this book on how to respect your parents, be always excited going yo church and pay the physician what is due
Really interesting read.
Beautiful! Full of wisdom for all of us.
Sirach is all about how one should live, and can only be summarized like this: It is what you would expect from a Hellenized Jew – and you should expect to be surprised.A few examples of what the book contains:The outdated: “If a father has daughters he should guard their and never give them kind looks” The platitudes: “Do not blame before you examine, think first, then judge.”The surprising: “He who touches tar gets dirty, and he who socializes with a vain man becomes like him”90% of the text consists of pieces of advice like those above, but the first chapter philosophical and talks about the nature of truth as well as the two cardinal values according to Sirach: God-fearing and Wisdom. He uses the word wisdom in its conventional sense, but god-fearing needs a bit of explanation. As it has been a buzzword for at least two millennia it has lost whatever meaning it once had (kind of like democracy is getting vaguer by the year). To understand what Sirach means I look at the real words he uses in conjunction to fear of god:“ 11 The fear of the Lord is glory and pride, happiness and a crown of joyfulness. 12 The fear of the Lord gladdens the heart, giving happiness, joy and long life.13 For those who fear the Lord, all will end well: on their dying day they will be blessed.” And “20 The root of Wisdom is to fear the lord, and her branches are a long life.” So to Sirach god fearing gives goodies like joy and a long life, but it is honorable and the root of Wisdom. Seems like he uses god-fearing like a (sophisticated) modern would use the term ‘the good life’ or a Greek would use ‘eudemonia’.For me this is an obvious five-star-book, the language is great and the peak into how the ancients thought is exactly the kind of thing I like.A post-script quibbleThe first line of the book spells out exactly what I think is dangerous about Christianity “All wisdom comes from the lord and is with him in perpetuity.” Ask yourself what piece of wisdom that the ancients thought was perpetual is still seen as true? The belief that there is immortal truth and that you hold it is a trap for the mind and a heavy cross for society to bear. But just a few lines later Sirach has a line that would make religions much less dangerous if heeded: “One alone is wise. Immense and terrible he sits at his thrown: the lord.” So Sirach says there is immortal truth but no one can claim to know it – if you include Jesus, Paul, Muhammed, Marx and the bible – then you are ok after all.
My son, if you come forward to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for temptation. Set your heart right and be steadfast, and do not be hasty in time of calamity. Cleave to him and do not depart, that you may be honored at the end of your life. Accept whatever is brought upon you, and in changes that humble you be patient. For gold is tested in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation. Trust in him, and he will help you; make your ways straight, and hope in him. You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and turn not aside, lest you fall. --Do not say, “Because of the Lord I left the right way”; for he will not do what he hates. Do not say, “It was he who led me astray”; for he had no need of a sinful man. The Lord hates all abominations, and they are not loved by those who fear him. It was he who created man in the beginning, and he left him in the power of his own inclination. If you will, you can keep the commandments, and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. He has placed before you fire and water: stretch out your hand for whichever you wish. Before a man are life and death, and whichever he chooses will be given to him. For great is the wisdom of the Lord; he is mighty in power and sees everything.
This book clearly complies a great deal of wisdom on how to lead a holy and peaceful life and relates, in the later part, how the past prophets lived, where they erred and lessons we can pick from their lives. I enjoyed its practicality. Although not all of its maxims are applicable today, it however, contains basic principles we can apply in our daily lives.