American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See Table at Bible.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name in the Latin version of the Bible, and the alternative name in the English Apocrypha, of the book called in the Septuagint “The Wisdom of Jesus, the Son of Sirach,” included in the canon of the Old Testament by the Roman Catholic and Greek churches, but regarded as apocryphal by Jews and Protestants, though occasionally read in the Anglican Church. In form it resembles the Book of Proverbs. It is supposed to have been originally compiled in Hebrew or Aramean about 180 b. c., and translated into Greek about 130 b. c. Abbreviated Ecclus.
- n. biblical A book in the Old Testament and Apocrypha of the Bible. Sometimes abbreviated as Ecclus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A book of the Apocrypha.
- n. an Apocryphal book mainly of maxims (resembling Proverbs in that respect)
“Be this as it may, the book is most commonly designated in the Latin Church as "Ecclesiasticus", itself a Greek word with a”
“The books of Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus from the Apocrypha were favorite reading with Eleanor, who seemed in the grandly poetical praises of wisdom to find some encouragement under the difficulties through which we struggled toward a very moderate degree of learning.”
“Wisdom of Solomon, in Ecclesiasticus, we shall see that they are the same.”
“What he had in his hand was a Hebrew fragment of the apocryphal book known as Ecclesiasticus, or Ben Sira, which until then had been known only in Greek and Syriac versions.”
“Only Sirach (also known as Ecclesiasticus or Ben Sira) presents the negative theological judgment that women are the source of sin.”
“The passage of Ecclesiasticus, which is put forward in the contrary sense, should be taken as meaning that neither fruitfulness of the of the flesh nor any bodily good is to be compared with continency, which is reckoned one of the goods of the soul, as Augustine declares”
“Ecclesiasticus, which is superior to all the other apocryphal books, was written by one Jesus the son of Sirach.”
“The book called Ecclesiasticus, said to be written by the son of Sirach, is expressly numbered among apocryphal books in the Talmud.”
“The other books of the Apocrypha, though not admitted as of sacred authority, have many things well worth your attention; particularly the admirable book called Ecclesiasticus, and the book of Wisdom.”
“Christianity for public reading at church, and bears, down to the present day, the pre-eminent title of "Ecclesiasticus".”
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