Sirach 44,19-21


Sirach 44,19-21 is part of the “Eulogy of the Ancestors.” The text understands Abraham and his progeny to be a source of blessing for the nations.[1] It also understands the ‘land’ that Abraham was promised as to extend throughout the entire earth[2] (Sir 44,21).

[1] Cf. J. L. Crenshaw, The Book of Sirach: Introduction, Commentary and Reflections, NIB, Vol. V, Abingdon Press, Nashville, (1997), 842.

[2] J. C. Okoye, Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, (2006), 51.


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