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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
February 26th, 2016 by Joel Watts

Sirach’s God (2.18)

verse of the day

My son and I, as our Lenten practice, have selected to read a passage of Scripture every morning. We have settled on the book of Sirach (Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus). It is, in my opinion, a worthy one for Protestants to reconsider. It is, somewhat, retained in the Anglican tradition via the lectionary and are supported for non-doctrinal teaching.

They should reconsider that.

Nevertheless, if you read the latter half of chapter 2, you’ll get this sense that God is actually…wait for it… love.

And merciful.

And full of Grace.

Do you teach the same thing?

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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2 Responses to “Sirach’s God (2.18)”
  1. It is my understanding that it was customary to retain the Apocrypha / Deuterocanonicals in UK bibles while US publishers tended to remove them.

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