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Ecclesiastes the traditional Hebrew text with the new JPS translation
Uniform Title:
Bible. O.T. Ecclesiastes. Hebrew. 2004.
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 2004.
Physical Description:
xxxviii, 87 p.
The JPS Bible commentary
Language Note:
Text of Ecclesiastes in Hebrew and English; commentary in English.
General Note:
"Masoretic Hebrew text, Codex Leningrad B19A, taken from Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) 1967/77, 1983, by the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart."
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Bible. O.T. Ecclesiastes. English. Jewish Publication Society. 2004.


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Ebook XX(1437340.1) 1

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The Book of Ecclesiastes is part of the "wisdom literature" of the Bible. It concerns itself with universal philosophical questions rather than events in the history of Israel and in the Hebrews' covenant with God. Koheleth, the speaker in this book, ruminates on what--if anything--has lasting value, and how--if at all--God interacts with humankind. Koheleth expresses bewilderment and frustration at life's absurdities and injustices. He grapples with the inequities that pervade the world and the frailty and limitations of human wisdom and righteousness. His awareness of these discomfiting facts coexists with a firm belief in God's rule and God's fundamental justice, and he looks for ways to define a meaningful life in a world where so much is senseless. Ecclesiastes is traditionally read on the Jewish holiday Sukkot, the harvest festival.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introduction to the Commentary: Ecclesiastes
Title and Authorp. ix
Ecclesiastes and Wisdom Literaturep. x
Ecclesiastes and Philosophyp. xi
Literary Formsp. xii
Datingp. xiv
Place in Jewish Literaturep. xiv
Structure and Unityp. xv
Keywordsp. xvii
The Challenges of Scriptural Citation, Translation, and Commentaryp. xxi
Major Sources Cited and Overview of Interpretationsp. xxii
The Teachings of Ecclesiastesp. xxx
Notes to the Introductionp. xxxiii
Abbreviations and Other Conventionsp. xxxvii
The Commentary to Ecclesiastes
Introductionp. 3
Reflections and Meditationsp. 11
Counsels and Teachingsp. 32
Conclusionp. 74
Epiloguep. 82
Notes to the Commentaryp. 86