The Syriac Sentences of Menander

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This text consists of a number of wisdom sayings, attributed to Menander the Sage. There is no clear connection to a parallel collection of sayings in Greek. Nevertheless it is usually thought that the work must be a translation of some Greek text, and that the work was originally written in the early Roman period, perhaps in Egypt. The text shows a few signs of Jewish influence, and no sign of Christian teaching.


  • There seems to have been some publication in 1862, of which I have no other details but the title: Menandri Sapientis Sententiae, e codice saeculi septimi latine redditae. and that it contained Syriac and Latin.
  • T. Baarda, in J.H. Charlesworth (ed.), The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, vol. 2 (1985), pp. 591-606. English translation with good introduction.