Protestants May Have a Deficient Canon…heretics

Michael Barber has a post up, leading to another post, and was pointed out by this guy. Barber gives a conclusion which he reached years ago – and I agree with him today, especially since it effects my exegesis paper project. I remember reading F.F. Bruce, on the subject of canonical texts who noted that our text is canon in of itself… Anyway, I digress into a subject which I am not yet prepared to address. Dr. Barber, however, is: 1. The myth that the Palestinian canon was closed by 100 C. E. 2. The notion, even held by


A new fragment of the book of Ben Sira, T-S AS 118.78

Scholars Shulamit Elizur and Michael Rand have a piece up about the newest fragment of Sirach The original Hebrew text of the apocryphal book of Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus) lies at the very heart of the story of the discovery of the Cairo Genizah and the subsequent dispersal of its contents to the libraries of Europe and the United States. Indeed, the discovery of the Genizah may be dated to 1865, the year when Jacob Saphir visited the repository in the Ben Ezra synagogue in Fustat, as reported in his book Even Sapir (Lyk, 1866). However, it was not until


A new fragment of Sirach now displayed

From the ISDCL: Friedberg Genizah Project: One interesting finding concerning a BL fragment from Ben-Sira is worth mentioning. This fragment was already identified by Margaliouth (JQR 12, 1899) and then described and transcribed in the Appendix of Margaliouth Catalog (vol. 1, 273-277). Still, no microfilm of this fragment is available at the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts in Jerusalem, and it seems that since Margaliouth nobody really examined the original. Even in the latest edition of Ben-Sira Fragments (Beentjes, Leiden, 1997), the fragment is mentioned only as [British Museum], without a shelfmark. Well, the fragment is now displayed as


Bibledex – Sirach

Sirach is a beautiful book, timely, inspired, given and often ignored because it was discarded by the Jews after the destruction of the Temple and later still by Christians, first by Melito of Sardis. Yet, it endures to give us ancient wisdom for a modern world. While others simply only to regulate it as ‘Apocrypha’ it is by far more valuable than most of the self-help books on the shelves today. Further, it was used in early debates and should be used today for Christology. HT

Atonement / Sirach

Sirach 3.24-29 – The Heart

Continuing our commentary on Sirach, (24)  A hard heart will be afflicted at the end, and whoever loves danger will perish by it. The Hebrew adds to this verse, But he that loves the good things shall walk in them (25)  A hard heart will be weighed down by troubles, and the sinner will add sin to sins. Paul can be found to echo this thought in his Roman letter, But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s


Sirach 3.17-23 – Humility and Honor

Sirach – Ben Sira – is focused a great deal on the Law, and if we take this passage in light of this, we come to understand that Sirach sought students that would study the Law. We understand that he instructs his students to study the Law, and to learn every wit of it, but to refrain from going into the realms beyond the Law so that it is God that reveals His mysteries to us, and not we who reveals the mysteries to God. It is possible that Sirach was part of the upper-class, which would have been


Sirach 3.1-16 – The Father and Mother’s honor

This passage from Sirach seems to be a midrash on the fifth commandment, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.  Exodus 20:12  NASB “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.  Exodus 20:12 NLT It provides us, no doubt, with an example of the Jewish family, and the view that a merited following of the Law brings salvation. (1)  Listen to me, O children, for I am your father;