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William Whitaker's Disputations on Holy Scripture is a classic Reformation-era work that goes into great depth regarding the reasons that the apocrypha were rejected. He deals with Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) beginning on page 90. He begins by arguing that the "common" reasons for rejecting the apocrypha also apply to this book, such as not being part of the ...


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The Douay Challoner version renders Ecclesiasticus 42:14 as: For better is the iniquity of a man, than a woman doing a good turn, and a woman bringing shame and reproach. The Catholic Haydock Commentary says regarding this verse: Better, &c. That is, there is, commonly speaking, less danger to be apprehended to the soul from the churlishness, or ...


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I actually read an article recently that mentions in passing this concept (that Wisdom is Jesus.) The article first speaks of the Greek Concept of Logos and mentions, “Beginning at least as early as the apologist Justin Martyr (A.D. 125), Christians, almost without exception, identified Sophia (the Greek equivalent of Heb. ḥoḵmâ) in Proverbs 8 with Jesus ...


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All the wisdom literature (even if only Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) explicitly address "my son") is father-son instruction; it is divided insofar as words work in a twofold way to instruct, in one way, by asking for the gift of wisdom. Wisdom 7:7: ‘Wherefore I have wished, and understanding was given me, and I called upon ...


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BACKGROUND First, it is true that the Jewish canon at the time around Christ excluded the Book of Sirach. The reason for the exclusion was simple. It was written during the time when the prophetic Word of God was silent; there was no valid prophetic line. This "silent period" lasted from Malachi and Artaxerxes’ time to John the Baptist. Josephus ...


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Sirach 2:1 (1611 KJV) My sonne, if thou come to serue the Lorde, prepare thy soule for temptation. Despite being tagged as "apocryphal", I don't think there was widespread condemnation by some Protestants of Sirach and other books of the deuterocanon in earnest until early in the 19th century. For the reasons given below, I don't think that there is ...


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The NABRE comments on the section are: The concluding statements (vv. 13–14) show the limitations of Ben Sira’s perspective in the male-oriented society of his day. http://www.usccb.org/bible/sirach/42/ That's the perspective I've heard in Mass with other readings where there's some perceived chauvinism. As a father myself, I think there's a lot of good ...


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Consider this passage from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25 (as usual, emphasis is mine): 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, ...


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