Megilath Ester

March 10, 2020

Job: Chapter 38

February 8, 2020


The Book of Sirach, also known as Ecclesiasticus, is part of the Wisdom Literature of the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate Bible. While originally written in Hebrew, the Book was read only through its Greek translation, known as Σιράχ. The Book was not included in the Hebrew Masoretic Text as part of the Hebrew Canon of the Old Testament. However, most of the Hebrew text of Sirach has been uncovered in the Cairo Geniza, at Masada, and in three Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. 2QSir designates Sirach from Cave 2 at Qumran, 11QPsª designates a scroll from Cave 11, which contained the canticle from Sirach Chapter 51:13-30, but which was found in the Psalms scroll! As with all ancient texts discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew Scripture was in consonantal text only. A manuscript with six chapters of Sirach was found at Masada. Survivors following the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD fled to Masada, a fortress on a mountain plateau built by Herod near the Dead Sea.

Ben Sira, the author, was a devout man of wisdom who lived in Jerusalem about 200 BC. The first 43 chapters of the Book provide moral instruction and common sense gained from experience, fitting of Wisdom literature. As with the Book of Job, the author notes the “beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord.” Chapter One on Wisdom, Chapter Six on Friendship and Discipline, Chapters 25-26 on Wives and Women, and Chapter 42 on a Father’s Care for his Daughter are representative of the first section. Chapters 44-50 present a refreshing history of the ancestors, patriarchs, and leaders of Israel. A Fifty-First Chapter concludes the Book with a prayer.

In light of recent discoveries, while the Book had traditionally been known as Sirach or Ecclesiasticus, the text is now called Ben Sira in view of its Hebrew origin.

The Wisdom Literature included in the following order: the Books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, and, in the Greek Septuagint, the Books of Wisdom and Sirach. The Wisdom Literature is followed by the Prophets beginning with the Prophet Isaiah in the Greek Septuagint, Latin Vulgate, and the Christian Old Testament of the Bible.

Twelve chapters of Ben Sira are reproduced here. Scripture is from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Revised Psalms copyright 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.


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November 9, 2019

26th March, 2019



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January 1, 2019




Gilgal of Joshua

Gilgal = A Circle of Standing Stones

From Nazareth to Capernaum

October 7, 2018

Nazareth , aout  500 m  above sea level

Arbel  mountain  has many turtle doves and the valley  between  hills  is turtle valley. The   village Magdala is  near. There was  Migdal Oor:  one   point of the signaling  light ( sent from The Temple Mount  as a light chain during the time ot he Second Temple .  Jesus Sen  the  Keren Oor   before His  appearing to Apostles,  when He sent Maria from Magdala to  give a message after His resurrection, His  Turtle of Ark  and His olive tree message from the  New  time of  Mercy of God).

Capernaum  is about 200 m under the sealevel.

Bethsaida, the village of Simon Peter and his brother Andrew even on still  lower level than Capernaum, just  únder water nowadays) .



Jesus Trail Elevation Profile

When  john ( the Baptist ) was arrested , Jesus withdraw  into Galilee, and leaving Nazareth ( on the mauntain)  and dwelt in capernaum by  the Cennesareth sea ) in the territory of Zebulon  and Naphthali.   (St. Matthew,   the Levite wrote :   Mt. 4: 13).

He  came down fromt the Issachar  territory from  the  boundaries of Zebulkun and Assher.   That means  a trip of 65 km   walking  paths through Cana and  hill up  hill down  from the   500 m high mountainous Nazareth to the  low sea side path ,   more than -200 under the sea level.


When He  passed  Cana, He already  saw Nathanael sitting under the Fig tree. but He  was hurring down , down, to the fishermen villages first to call  to His apostles fishermen  from the most  low place of this world.

( Joh. 1:47)

Genesis 1:34

God said:”Let us make man in  our image, after our likeness,

and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,

and over  the birds of the air,

and over the cattle,

and over all the earth,

and over every vreeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God  He created him;  male and female He created them.  (Genesis 1: 26- 27)




1 Peter 1 New International Version (NIV)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

Be Holy

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[b] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[c]

And this is the word that was preached to you.

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