Ecclesiastes

Table of Contents

[Ecclesiastes]

Introduction to Ecclesiastes

The Relevance of Ecclesiastes
The Unity of Ecclesiastes
Author and Audience
Genre and Structure of the Book
The Theme, Rhetoric, and Message of Ecclesiastes
Concerning Translations

Introduction

1:1 Introduction of Qohelet

Part 1 (1:2–6:9): Human Effort

1:2-11 All Is Vapor
1:12–2:26 The King's Experiment
3:1-22 God's Work in Time and Eternity
4:1-16 Toil for Self and in Community
5:1-7 Words Before God
5:8–6:9 Enjoyment Instead of Greed

Part 2 (6:10–12:8): Human Limits

6:10–7:14 No One Knows What Is Good
7:15-29 Wisdom and Righteousness
8:1-17 Even the Wise Do Not Know
9:1-10 Enjoy Life Now
9:11–10:15 Time and Chance
10:16–11:6 Living with Risks
11:7–12:8 Youth and Old Age

Epilogue

12:9-14 Epilogue

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