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Answers and comments Vance has posted on other blogs about Ecclesiastes.
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Julia posted an interesting poem. http://hellopoetry.com/poem/649203/ecclesiastes/ Ecclesiastes You ask me what I feel & think (because the two are distinctly their own) about the utter absurdity & pointlessness of life & out the windows cars go by & up in space meteors fly & sitting in this vinyl booth is me; not alive long enough […]
COMMENT The more pain and suffering we endure, the better we can empathize with the position others face during their times of distress. We learn more through our failure and loss than through our success and winning. A RESPONSE Thank you for telling us all how lucky we are to suffer and what life is […]
QUESTION The Book of Ecclesiastes does not get used/read/considered often enough. In a similar vein to Job, Ecclesiastes explores the meaninglessness and nihilism inherent in life. Man is ignorant. Man cannot do what is best for himself. We cannot ascribe higher powers to anything, so we should just enjoy the gifts God has given us. That’s […]
COMMENT Our church is in the midst of a series on Ecclesiastes and a certain passage has stuck in my mind: “When I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under […]
QUESTION What is the hebrew translation of “Eat, Drink and Be Merry – Ecclesiastes 8:15”? I’m planning to get this verse tattooed on my forearm. VANSWER I would agree that the Hebrew will make for a more interesting tattoo than an english translation. The phrase encapsulates Kohelet’s (the writer of Ecclesiastes) response to his theme question in […]
Many blogs about finding meaning in our work spoke about the court stenographer who spent years typing random words at his job interspersed with the words “I hate my job.” I responded to a few with this post. If you google “I hate my job” you get about 27 million hits. It is a sad […]
QUESTION If Solomon claimed that all is vanity in this earth in the Book of Ecclesiastes, what’s the purpose of living our lives on this earth? VANSWER There are many times that I walk around my house saying, “Stupid, Stupid, its all so stupid”. My wife may think I am depressed until she hears the real quest […]
QUESTION Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” Can someone explain it please? VANSWER It would appear that Kohelet, the writer of Ecclesiastes, is referring to the perfumes used to prepare a body for burial. This would fit the remainder of his thoughts […]
QUESTION What exactly is Ecclesiastes? Is it song? a grand musical composition? or is it a personal journal? a diary…? or a personal memoir? VANSWER Your concept of a personal journal is a fitting description. The book uses many first person examples, “I acquired”, “I became greater”, “I turned away” etc. The thing to note […]
QUESTION Is there something particularly interesting about the Book of Kohelet? What is your personal take on it? What insights have you found? Does it contain the wisdom and secrets of God? VANSWER Kohelet’s wisdom has been an incredible inspiration to me. He writes to answer one question, “what do we gain from all our hard […]