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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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By on February 22, 2014 in Answers, Ecclesiastes, Kohelet, Koheleth, Spirituality, Work with No Comments

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 […]

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5 Keys to Understanding Ecclesiastes

By on February 9, 2014 in Articles, Bible, Ecclesiastes, Kohelet, Koheleth, Wisdom, Work with No Comments

The book we have come to know as Ecclesiastes takes its title from the Hebrew name of its writer, Kohelet.  At the end of the book his biographer writes, “Kohelet was wise and he passed on his teachings to the people. He pondered, searched out, and set in order many proverbs. He studied to find […]

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The Forest for the Trees

Think of the Bible as a forest. As you explore its groves you will find many different ‘trees’; massive oaks, stately pines, weeping birches and other species both exotic and plain. Each tree is quite different from the others but each makes an important contribution to the overall vitality of the forest. Throughout the ages […]

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The Pursuit of Wisdom

By on December 28, 2013 in Articles, Death, Ecclesiastes, Kohelet, Koheleth, Wisdom with No Comments

At first glance Kohelet appears to denigrate wisdom but a closer examination of his teachings shows that he is extremely positive about the place of wisdom in our lives. He tells us that the wise can see where they are going while the fool stumbles along in the dark, that wisdom is like an inheritance […]

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A Hamster’s Guide to the Rat Race

By on November 1, 2013 in Articles, Bible, Ecclesiastes, Kohelet, Koheleth, Wisdom, Work

As a boy I loved going out to the dump on Saturday mornings to collect bits and pieces for my latest invention. On one of those excursions I spotted a small wire cage, bent and twisted, lying near the top of the drop-off pile. Clambering over boxes and broken debris, I discovered a hamster huddled […]

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