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Ecclesiastes

Author: Antoon Schoors
Publisher: Leuven, Belgica Walpole, MA Peeters [2013] ©2013
Series: Historical commentary on the Old Testament.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ecclesiastes, Qoheleth in Hebrew, is a fascinating book. It was written in the Hellenistic Period (3rd-2nd Cent. B.C.) and is one of the latest books in the Old Testament. The author is in search of an answer to the problem he poses in 1:3, 'What profit is there for humans from all their toil at which they toil under the sun?' The answer is: 'None'. Therefore, Ecclesiastes begins and ends his book with a statement  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comentarios
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antoon Schoors
ISBN: 9789042929401 9042929405
OCLC Number: 981414335
Language Note: Principalmente en Inglés, con citas en hebreo.
Description: lxvi, 856 páginas 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Superscription --
Motto of the book --
Impossible to do something new --
The royal experience --
Reflections on the meaning of time --
Reflections on injustice --
Reflections on society --
Advantage of silence on rash talk --
Reflections about possessions --
Reflection on human impotence and ignorance --
"Better than" proverbs --
Justice and wickedness --
Wisdom on humankind --
Wisdom and power --
Retribution: Theodicy --
The problem of death --
Proverbs on failures --
The limitations of wisdom --
Folly and power --
Action has its risks --
Sayings about the fool --
Political order --
Risks have to be taken --
Enjoy as long as you can.
Series Title: Historical commentary on the Old Testament.
Responsibility: by Antoon Schoors.

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"Ecclesiastes, Qoheleth in Hebrew, is a fascinating book. It was written in the Hellenistic Period (3rd-2nd Cent. B.C.) and is one of the latest books in the Old Testament. The author is in search of an answer to the problem he poses in 1:3, 'What profit is there for humans from all their toil at which they toil under the sun?' The answer is: 'None'. Therefore, Ecclesiastes begins and ends his book with a statement that everything is absurd. He does not try to explain away this reality, but he presents enjoyment of life as the best, though not perfect, solution. He has been called an atheist, a pessimist, a sceptic, an Epicurean, but also an optimist, a believing or god-fearing man. He is certainly a nonconformist, and the best characterization is that he is a sceptic or even an agnostic, who undermines all sorts of certainties. He asks many questions but gives few answers. But all this is meant for the best: he speaks honestly with a feeling of compassion with tormented humankind. His book often sounds very modern."--Publisher description.

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