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Ben Sira
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1. The Book and Its Versions

The book of Ben Sira, also known by the names Sirach and Ecclesiasticus, is a work consisting of fifty-one chapters that was composed in the 2nd century B.C.E. by a sage named Ben Sira. The greater part of the book consists of proverbs and maxims, but it also contains prayers (36 [33].1–22; chapter 51), descriptions of nature (42.15–43.33), a concise history of the people of Is…

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Kister, Menahem, “Ben Sira”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000464>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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