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Translations of Early Documents

A Series of texts important for the study of Christian origins. Under the Joint Editorship of the Rev. W. O. E. OESTERLEY, D.D., and the Rev. Canon G. H. Box, M.A.

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Translations of Early Documents

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2. The Wisdom of Ben-Sira (Ecclesiasticus)
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9. Middoth

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Jewish Uncanonical Writings: A Popular Introduction. 
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Alexander Souter (tr), Tertullian's Treatises Concerning Prayer and Baptism. S.P.C.K. 1919. 

Translated by Alexander Souter, 1919.  Transcribed by Roger Pearse, 2002.

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