Category Archives: Ecclesiastes

Psalm 88

For my weekly quiet time this week, I will blog about Psalm 88. Psalm 88 is notorious because it is a completely negative Psalm.  The Psalmist says nothing positive or hopeful.  The Psalmist feels that he is near death, or … Continue reading

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Wisdom Literature: Elite, Popular, or Both?

I started Ben Witherington III’s Jesus the Sage. On page 6, Witherington says that mass literacy is a modern phenomenon, for writing in the ancient world took money and leisure—-both in terms of the cumbersome and expensive writing materials, and … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 12

I finished my study of Ecclesiastes today! What I get out of Ecclesiastes 12 (based on my consultation of commentaries) is the following: We will all eventually die. That message is conveyed in vv 1-8, whether you see those verses … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 11

For Thanksgiving, I studied Ecclesiastes 11.  What I got out of the chapter (based on my consultation of commentaries) was the following: 1.  On vv 1-2: We should give to charity or invest because we can gain positive returns from so … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 10

For my weekly quiet time this Sabbath, I studied Ecclesiastes 10.  I encountered a theme in Ecclesiastes 10:8-11 that occurs throughout Ecclesiastes: that wisdom can make our life better, and yet the world is not fool-proof.  Accidents can still happen, … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 9

For my weekly quiet time this Sabbath, I studied Ecclesiastes 9. Its message is the usual Qoheleth spiel: work hard and enjoy life while you’re still alive to do so, for one day you’ll die, and you won’t be able … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 8

For my weekly quiet time this Sabbath, I studied Ecclesiastes 8.  I’d like to start out this post with a quote from Raymond C. Van Leeuwen on vv. 10-17.  It’s in the HarperCollins Study Bible: “Human experience of God’s justice … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 7

For my weekly quiet time today, I studied Ecclesiastes 7.  I’d like to discuss two issues, using certain passages as a fulcrum-point: 1.  Ecclesiastes 7:16-17 states (in the NRSV): “Do not be too righteous, and do not act too wise; why … Continue reading

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God of Borg

For my weekly quiet time this week, I studied Ecclesiastes 6.  Is God the source of evil?  Qoheleth says that God is the source of at least one evil: that men attain wealth and honor, only for God to prevent them … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 5 and Vows

For my weekly quiet time, I studied Ecclesiastes 5.  The chapter warns against talking a lot to God, for, in our many ramblings, we may end up making God a promise that we can’t keep.  Then, when God, an angel, … Continue reading

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