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n. Abbr. Sir. or Si Bible
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(ˈdʒi zəs, -zəz)

1. Also called Je′sus Christ′, Je′sus of Naz′areth. born 4? B.C., crucified A.D. 29?, the source of the Christian religion.
2. ( “the Son of Sirach” ) the author of the Apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus, who lived in the 3rd century B.C.
3. Christian Science. the supreme example of God's nature expressed through human beings.
4. Sometimes Offensive. Also, Jesus Christ. (used as an expression of surprise, disappointment, astonishment, etc.)
[1200–50; Middle English < Late Latin Iēsus < Greek Iēsoûs < Hebrew Yēshūa‘]
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Noun1.Sirach - 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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And on some mornings, when he read in the Apocrypha, of which he was very fond, the son of Sirach's keen-edged words would bring a delighted smile, though he also enjoyed the freedom of occasionally differing from an Apocryphal writer.
``It is gravely and well preached, O daughter of Sirach!'' answered the Templar; ``but, gentle Ecclesiastics, thy narrow Jewish prejudices make thee blind to our high privilege.
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).
Some people, like Mike Sirach of Harrisburg, say there are ways to make up for the difference between Illinois gas and other states.
The pope acknowledged that the remaining seven texts--Tobit, Judith, 1-2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, and Baruch, plus additions to Esther and Daniel--were still disputed by some.
Her special gift to me, though, was one of friendship--of the faithful friendship that the Book of Sirach endorses.
Much evidence suggests that James is adapting his language from a specific Jewish tradition (Sirach 12:10-11; 29:8-12) that similarly condemns the static hoarding of wealth.
Third, he traces the reception history of the Genesis narrative in Jewish tradition that produced interpretations of Adam as moral archetype (Sirach), as immortal/transhistorical figure (Wisdom of Solomon), as philosophical Logos (Philo), as exemplar of Torah observance (Jubilees), as Roman figurehead (Josephus), as fallen creature (Ezra 4), and as representative of all humankind (Baruch 2), all of which combined to produce Adam as "the paradigm or prototype or archetype of the choice between the path of obedience and that of disobedience" (p.
Others render the expression @@to mean "soaring birds." The Septuagint has [phrase omitted], 'the vulture's young'; the Peshitta has the generic 'sons of birds.' This may be an echo of an ancient tradition, reflected in a bilingual Hittite-Phoenician inscription from Karatepe that mentions "Resheph of the birds." In Ben Sirach, Resheph has the sense of bird of prey also.
The Deuterocanonical books of Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon, notes Sophie Ramond, exhibit a higher interest in the themes of law and justice than other wisdom books, such as Job and Qohelet.
30: 15, 19) Against Hellenistic doctrines of fate, Ben Sirach, writing about 200 BC in the book we call Ecclesiasticus or Sirach sums up the whole teaching of the Old Testament on human freedom:
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.