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It was cited in some writings in early Christianity. Clement of Alexandria and Origen quote from it repeatedly, as from a Others have suggested that Ben Sira's self-identification as the author precluded it from attaining canonical status, which was reserved for works that were attributed (or could be attributed) to the prophets, Some Jews in the diaspora considered Sirach scripture.There are claims that it is cited in the Epistle of James, and also the non-canonical Didache (iv. For instance, the Greek translation made by Ben Sira's grandson was included in the Septuagint, the 2nd-century BCE Greek version of the Jewish scriptures used by Diaspora Jews, through which it became part of the Greek canon.
The question of which apothegms actually originated with Sirach is open to debate, although scholars tend to regard him as a compiler or anthologist.
They show a profound knowledge of the human heart, the disillusionment of experience, a fraternal sympathy with the poor and the oppressed.
By contrast, Sirach exhibits little compassion for either women or slaves.
The teachings are applicable to all conditions of life: to parents and children, to husbands and wives, to the young, to masters, to friends, to the rich, and to the poor.
Many of them are rules of courtesy and politeness; and a still greater number contain advice and instruction as to the duties of man toward himself and others, especially the poor, as well as toward society and the state, and most of all toward God.
Wisdom, in Ben Sira's view, is synonymous with the fear of God, and sometimes is identified in his mind with adherence to the Mosaic law.