Category Archives: Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 4

For my weekly quiet time this week, I studied Ecclesiastes 4.  It reminded me of a variety of things.  Its statement that it’s better to have a little with rest than a lot with turmoil called to my mind last … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 3

For my weekly quiet time, I studied Ecclesiastes 3. My interpretation is this: As Tremper Longman III says in his commentary on Ecclesiastes, “God has established periods, moments, or times for a wide diversity of emotions and activities”, and Qoheleth … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 2 and the Softening of Qoheleth’s Nihilism

Today is a Sabbath, the Last Great Day, and so I did my weekly quiet time in Ecclesiastes 2.   A question that’s been swimming around in my mind has been, “How have religious interpreters of Ecclesiastes dealt with the book’s … Continue reading

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First Isaiah Affirmed or Superceded?; Pure Gentiles

1.  In my reading today of Messianism Within the Scriptural Scrolls of Isaiah, Randall Heskett argues that Cyrus within the Book of Isaiah as a whole has been de-Messianized, even though Cyrus is called God’s Messiah in Second Isaiah (Isaiah … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 1

I studied Ecclesiastes 1 for my weekly quiet time today.  Qoheleth is bored with pleasures and distressed by wisdom, and he feels that nature is one big monotonous cycle, in which nature keeps going on, even as generations come and … Continue reading

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Was Solomon Wrong to Ask for Wisdom?

I finished David Carr’s From D to Q yesterday. I made an error in my last post: I said that Carr thought that the Deuteronomist inserted the part of I Kings 3 in which Solomon goes to Jerusalem to sacrifice. … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 9:4-10 and the Afterlife

Soul sleep is the belief that the dead are unconscious until their resurrection. For advocates of this view, the soul does not exist somewhere in a conscious state during that interval. Armstrongites like to appeal to Ecclesiastes 9:5 to support … Continue reading

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Canon and Ben Sira

Source: M. Gilbert, “Wisdom Literature,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 300. On Ben Sira: “In the first century C.E. the book continued to circulate, as at Masada and Qumran. But nothing … Continue reading

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Elitist Wisdom Literature

Source: M. Gilbert, “Wisdom Literature,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 283. “Solomon played a still more important part in the development of wisdom in Israel. As organizer of the new state, … Continue reading

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Pre-existent Souls?

Source: A.A. Long, “Roman Philosophy,” The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, ed. David Sedley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 210. “Tertullian in his work On the Soul draws heavily on Stoicism, aligning himself against Plato with the Stoics’ … Continue reading

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