[Hebrew] Jesus = Sirach. N.10
Engraving, sheet c. 355 x 230mm. Some staining outside image, extreme upper left corner of image missing.
An image of Ben Sira, the author of the deuterocanonical book Sirach. The evidence seems to show that his name was Yeshua, son of Shimon, son of Eleazar ben Sira. In the Greek text, the author is called 'Jesus the son of Sirach of Jerusalem.' 'Jesus' is the Anglicized form of the Greek name ??s???. The only fact known with certainty, drawn from the text itself, is that Ben Sira was a scholar, and a scribe thoroughly versed in the Law, and especially in the 'Books of Wisdom.' He may have authored the 'The Wisdom of Jesus son of Sirach' (or merely 'Sirach') in Alexandria, Egypt c.180–175 BC, where he is thought to have established a school. The book, originally written in Hebrew, is included in the Septuagint and is accepted as part of the biblical canon by Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, but not by most Protestants, and is listed in Article VI of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. Although it was not accepted into the Tanakh, the Jewish biblical canon, The Sirach is occasionally quoted in the Talmud and works of rabbinic literature. From an encyclopedia or religious text published in Nuremberg in Germany, where the engraver worked.
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