Theme: As you forgive you will be forgiven
Like any good educator, Joshua ben Sira was a great motivator. Scholars believe that this second century 180 B.C sage had an academy in Jerusalem where he instructed young people from wealthy families. The book attributed to him called Sirach/Ecclesiasticus defies any attempt at an orderly outline because it is actually a compilation of class notes accumulated over years of teaching. Sirach’s topics vary from practical advice regarding table etiquette to more serious instructions concerning prayer, faith and caring for the poor. The basis of all of his teaching was a concern to preserve the traditions and heritage of Judaism against the influences of foreign cultures. His efforts became beneficial for his fellow Jews when his grandson translated his work into Greek 130 B.C in order to make its wisdom accessible to Greek- speaking Jews in the Diaspora.