Introduction
The Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach also known as Ecclesiasticus was written in Hebrew by a man named Joshua (or Jesus) and was later translated into Greek by his grandson. The book includes traditional Jewish wisdom material and makes a defense of Judaism by showing that God has given true wisdom to his people. Many subjects of a religious, moral, and practical nature are presented, sometimes at length and sometimes in short proverbial sayings.
Outline of Contents
Foreword
In praise of wisdom (Part 1) (1.1—23.27)
a. Duty, reward, and practical advice (1.1—16.23)
b. God's wisdom and human response (16.24—23.27)
In praise of wisdom (Part 2) (24.1—50.21)
a. Wisdom and virtue (24.1—32.13)
b. God's wisdom and human worship and work (32.14—42.14)
c. God's glory in nature (42.15—43.33)
d. In praise of ancestors (44.1—50.21)
Epilogue and Appendices (50.22—51.30)
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)
This book includes traditional Jewish wisdom material and makes a defense of Judaism by showing that God has given true wisdom to his people. Many subjects of a religious, moral, and practical nature are presented, sometimes at length and sometimes in short proverbial sayings. Chapters 44 through 50 present a short history of many of Israel's famous leaders.
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