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(Bible) one of the books of the Apocrypha, written around 180 bc and also called the Wisdom of Jesus, the son of Sirach
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(ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪ kəs)

a book of the Apocrypha. Also called Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach.
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Noun1.Ecclesiasticus - 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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(50) Acheampong identifies a correlation in the qualities of God with regards to his providence and care as demonstrated by the Gye Nyame symbol and Matthew 6:26, 31-33 (51) Similarly, Christians' (52) relate the concept of Gye Nyame to the biblical text of Ecclesiasticus 1:8: "There is one most high Creator, Almighty and a powerful King and greatly to be feared, who sitteth upon his throne, and is God of dominion." Nyame (God) of the Akan is the creator and redeemer of the world, who reveals himself in Jesus Christ and who is loved, worshipped and adored by believers.
PENA GARCIA, El nuevo proceso <<breviore coram episcopo>> para la declaracion de la nulidad matrimonial, Monitor Ecclesiasticus 130 (2015) 571, <<el Derecho canonico no se opone a caridad y misericordia o a pastoral, sino a arbitrariedad a inseguridad juridica y a injusticia>>.
"Ecclesiasticus 24:14." King James Bible Online (2016): <>.
WHEN I REFLECT ON JAMES COLEMAN and the "Equality of Educational Opportunity"study (EEOS), I am immediately inclined to quote Ecclesiasticus 44:1: "Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us." Coleman is the father of much social scientific analysis of education.
It was probably identical with the Salt Mead or Saltmede named in the Valor Ecclesiasticus, 1535, as situate near Canton, and marked by Mr Corbett as on the south side of the South Wales main railway line, south of Taff Mead, in the curve of the branch line to Penarth."
First we learn about it from "The diploma from Tihani" (1055), from documents dating from 1108 to 1109 mentioned in the "Codex diplomaticus Hungariae Ecclesiasticus needle civilis" of Fejer, etc, but especially from "The diploma of the Ioanit knights" (1247), the most representative document which sends to the period of pre-constituting the Romanian states through direct references which it makes to those "majores terrae" judicial captains, princely and royal, representing the interests of agricultural Romanian communities towards the Hungarian and Tartar states.
It is taken from the Book of Ecclesiasticus and, I think, captures what is at the heart of the work we do.
Carbone, como verdadero vir ecclesiasticus, conservo un sentido de las instituciones muy elevado.
Dionne, nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist, quoted from You Can't Go Home Again in his commentary about Thanksgiving, "The Discipline of Gratitude" (in many newspapers on 29 November 2015): "The novelist Thomas Wolfe called Ecclesiastes 'the noblest, the wisest and the most powerful expression of man's life upon this earth' ..." The quotation is part of George Webber's letter to Foxhall Edwards in chapter 47, "Ecclesiasticus." Dionne's only error was his decision to omit the serial comma after "wisest"--or perhaps his AP-style overlords removed it for him.
But there is also considerable scope for heads of state to behave in accordance with Ecclesiasticus 44:4: "Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge of learning meet for the people, wise and eloquent are their instructions." This is particularly important today, when public discourse in democracies is relentlessly demotic and academic work is increasingly specialized.
"Qua libertate iudex ecclesiasticus probationes appretiare possit et debet", Apollinaris, no.