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Ben Sira

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Author(s): Kister, Menahem
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 Israel (chapters 44–49), and a depiction of the High Priest as he officiates in the Temple (chapter…