gives voice to a very different mood and reflects a different vision than the rest of the TaNaCH.
I learned more about preaching in the Koheleth
sessions than I learned in seminary.
Amerika serves as the foundation for this book.
My students are most surprised by the original Hebrew titles of biblical texts: Koheleth
instead of Ecclesiastes, Names (shemot) instead of Exodus, "In the Desert" (bamidbar) instead of Numbers.
There is nothing new under the sun,' said Koheleth
, an ancient Hebrew monologuist (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
Wright, The Book of Koheleth
[London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1888] p.
discovers in the wisest book of the Hebrew Bible, there is a time for all things, for touching the Happy Isles and for being washed down by the waves.
Its meaning] is what this verse says: "And even more so: Because Koheleth
was a sage, he continued to instruct the people.
See also Koheleth
Rabbah 5:6 and Yalkut Shimoni on Parshat Naso.
Robert Gordis, Koheleth
, the Man and His World: A Study of Ecclesiastes (third ed.
, the speaker, expresses bewilderment and frustration at life's absurdities and injustices.
Prior to that, in 1951, his massive study of Ecclesiastes was published as Koheleth
-- The Man and His World.
uses the conventional terms tsadiq and rasha', to express the concepts of conventional morality and piety, 'the righteous and the wicked'; cf.
Instead of finding "the same theme and the same basic idea," I see a fundamental difference in aim and problem setting, Goethe representing the Hellenistic science-orientated views of the world and Koheleth
the Jewish ethical one.
Whereas the Book of Job concerns itself with the disparity between happiness and virtue, the Book of Koheleth
[Ecclesiastes] portrays life itself --with all its evils and contradictions--as a problem in need of explanation and justification.