Concordia Theological Monthly

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A Study of Ecclesiastes

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qoheleth, dahood, akkadian, gordon, hebrew, esther, ugaritic, aramaic, mesopotamian, canaanite

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Among the books of the Bible Qoheleth has the distinction of being the most distrusted by the pious but best liked by the skeptic. It is disturbing to acknowledge that a sacred book has pleased the agnostic or the pessimist more than it has edified the saint. The range of opinion regarding origin and purpose of the book is vast. Indeed, to recount and evaluate even the major theories would require a separate study. The following is an attempt to present only one interpretation of Qoheleth and his world.


Biblical Studies

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Ecclesiastes 12:12; Esther 3:13; Ezra 6:8; Ezra 7:26; Ecclesiastes 10:19; Ecclesiastes 5:13-14; Ecclesiastes 1:3; Ecclesiastes 2:11, 13; Ecclesiastes 3:9; Ecclesiastes 5:8, 15; Ecclesiastes 7:12; Ecclesiastes 10:10-11; Joshua 22:8; 2 Chronicles 1:11;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars