Ben Sira

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Noun1.Ben Sira - an Apocryphal book mainly of maxims (resembling Proverbs in that respect)
Apocrypha - 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status
sapiential book, wisdom book, wisdom literature - any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
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As the book of Sirach puts it: "The greater you are, the more humble you should behave, then you will find favor with the Lord" (Sir 3,18--first reading).
Her special gift to me, though, was one of friendship--of the faithful friendship that the Book of Sirach endorses.
Quoting Gary Anderson on the Book of Sirach earlier in the book, he reminds us that "having money is tantamount to a spiritual ordeal whose outcome is determined by whether one has the courage to give it away" as well as the compassion to give oneself away at the same time ( The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition [New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2013], p.
The editors note that their scholarly interests intersect in wisdom literature and have therefore subtitled the Festschrift with a phrase from the prologue to the Book of Sirach, "opportunity for no little instruction." The underlying themes through which the essays of the volume coalesce include Harrington and Clifford's shared concern for the Jewish world of the New Testament and the reappropriation of texts and traditions in new faith contexts.
Therefore she withdraws and returns to the heavens to take her seat among the angels." (39) Again, the Book of Sirach is rich with related imagery.
The canonicity of the book also called The Book of Sirach and Ecclesiasticus, has been argued since it was written in the second century BCE.