Burkard Zapff, «Sir 38,1-15 als Beispiel der Verknüpfung von Tradition und Innovation bei Jesus Sirach.», Vol. 92 (2011) 347-367
Si 38,1-15 illustrates how Sirach understands the initially disputed institution of the Hellenistic physician. Against the background of traditional Old Testament beliefs and some Stoic concepts of world order, medicine is seen as part of God’s work of salvation. Rejecting it would even amount to a sin. The Hebrew text of Sirach is astonishingly universalistic. There, the physician’s work is similar to that of Moses, and the physician’s prayer, either Hebrew of Hellenistic, is addressed to the one God. By contrast, the Greek text is more traditional, and presents a more negative view of the physician.