Since working in the Epistle of James for my thesis, I’ve gained an appreciation for the Wisdom of Sirach. (There are several passages in James that reflect similar thought and may even be dependent on specific passages in Sirach. See this post.) Though I am Protestant, I wish it were in my canon! A few months ago I converted Cowley & Neubauer’s English translation of the Original Hebrew of a Portion of Ecclesiasticus (Oxford: Clarendon, 1897) into a BibleWorks version. This is a translation of Hebrew Manuscript B of Sirach.

For more information about MS B, see my blog post at Old in the New. In that post I also link to PDF scans of the original work (one for viewing on screen and one for printing).

The English transcription I used to make the BibleWorks version originated at the Sacred Texts site (here).

I have not yet had a chance to closely check the versification or to map the verses correctly to the LXX or NRSV, still the file is functional.