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THE BOOK OF

ECCLESIASTES

 

Overview:

Poetic in structure without most of its contents actually being a poem, this book describes the futility of a life that is not lived in light of eternity, i.e., life lived from a merely earthly point of view. Some see this work as rather pessimistic, since its writer comments on the worthlessness and incomprehensibility of things that he cannot explain. However, the author's responses to life's enigmas are largely characterized by an unswerving faith in God (cf. 3:16-17). Ecclesiastes may be studied in four apparently parallel sections:

(1) the Vanity of Life Defined by Materialism (1:1-2:26),
(2) the Foreordained, but Unforeseeable Nature of Life (3:1-4:3),
(3) a Discussion of the Vanity of a Materialistic Worldview (4:4-6:9), and
(4) a Further Discussion of the Foreordained, but Unforeseeable Nature of life (6:10-12:8).

In the Hebrew Scriptures book order, this book is included in the five Megilloth , poetic or wisdom literature read at Pentecost (Ruth), Passover (Song of Songs), Feast of Tabernacles (Ecclesiastes), anniversary of Jerusalem's fall and/or occasions of mourning (Lamentations), and Purim (Esther).

Authorship:

Rabbinic and early church tradition assigns authorship to King Solomon, primarily based on the claims set forth in Ecclesiastes 1:1.

Composition Date:

In general terms, most of this book would have been composed by Solomon ca. 950 BC and then assembled in final form sometime after his death. The occurrence of Aramaic language loan words (or at least their apparent occurrence) has led some to suggest that this book may have originally been written in Aramaic and then translated into Hebrew at a later date. Theories of Aramaic influence, even if accurate, do not preclude an early first millennium BC composition date for this work, since Aramaic was a well-known international Semitic language similar to Hebrew in which the author might have composed it if its contents were intended to be disseminated widely beyond the Israeli community of his day.

Messianic Hope:

The Messiah as Truth above the Sun

 

Introduction to the book of Ecclesiates taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
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