Ecclesiastes: Ancient Wisdom When All Else Fails: A New Translation and Interpretive Paraphrase

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We live. We work. We die. Even with our best efforts to find lasting enjoyment and significance, we are faced with the conclusion that there is nothing new under the sun. Despite this gloomy assessment (or perhaps because of it), people have been drawn to the Middle Eastern wisdom of this enigmatic book for thousands of years. Its brutal honesty doesn't flinch from life's difficulties or its thorniest problems.

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Overview

We live. We work. We die. Even with our best efforts to find lasting enjoyment and significance, we are faced with the conclusion that there is nothing new under the sun. Despite this gloomy assessment (or perhaps because of it), people have been drawn to the Middle Eastern wisdom of this enigmatic book for thousands of years. Its brutal honesty doesn't flinch from life's difficulties or its thorniest problems.

The new translation and interpretive paraphrase provided here by T. M. Moore artfully unveils the ancient mysteries of this often puzzling book. By its very cynicism, Ecclesiastes seems to suggest that to find what is of enduring value we must embrace the hard things, not avoid them. With notes and a useful study guide, Moore skillfully shows us that the dark side will have its say. The question is, will it have the last word?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Biblical studies so rarely produces something totally new that when it does happen, it's a revelation. T.M. Moore, the former president of Chesapeake Theological Seminary, gamely takes on the curmudgeonly Qoheleth in Ecclesiastes: Ancient Wisdom When All Else Fails: A New Translation & Interpretive Paraphrase. He retranslates Ecclesiastes into rhymed iambic pentameter, creating some fascinating turns of phrase amidst Qoheleth's legendary musings. Amazingly, InterVarsity Press rescued this creative, unique manuscript from its slush pile. Kudos to all involved. ( May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830821112
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 139
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 9
Chasing the Wind: Ecclesiastes 1 16
Hating Life: Ecclesiastes 2 22
Eternity in Our Hearts: Ecclesiastes 3 30
No One to Comfort Them: Ecclesiastes 4 36
Honest to God: Ecclesiastes 5 42
Full Lives, Empty Souls: Ecclesiastes 6 48
Going to Extremes: Ecclesiastes 7 52
Civic Wisdom: Ecclesiastes 8 58
Alive (At Least): Ecclesiastes 9 64
The Blessings of Common Sense: Ecclesiastes 10 70
Make the Most of It--While You Can: Ecclesiastes 11 76
The Whole of a Person: Ecclesiastes 12 80
Envoi 86
Study Guide 88
Abbreviations 115
Notes 117
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    unauthentic

    Moore takes great liberties with text to fit his ideological purpose. Thankfully he rubs two texts side by side: on the right the 'original' (English version to be sure), and on the left his own: doctored. Read the right side if you want to have a good laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2001

    Anxiously awaiting...

    Ecclesiastes, perhaps the most authentically human book of the Bible, is probably one of my favorites. That is why I am definitely looking forward to the release of this book. Also recommended: Eric Westra's 'A New Beginning', which contains the ancient wisdom from the books of Genesis and Job, translating the text into a new, interpretive paraphrase.

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