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Sirach/Book of Sirach
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(also: Ecclesiasticus, Jesus Sirach, Ben Sira). Until the 1896 discovery of the Hebrew original in the Cairo Genizah, Sirach was known only in Greek, Syriac, and Latin versions and translations dependent on them. Despite initial doubts as to the antiquity of the Hebrew texts (see Reiterer for the history), additional fragments from Masada and Qumran (1962/1965) have confirmed its authenticity (some 68% of the text; Beentjes’s edition is complete). All the extant versions, however,…

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Leicht, Reimund, “Sirach/Book of Sirach”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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