Judgment And Death In Ecclesiastes 11:9

You may recall in the analysis of the passage in Ecclesiastes 3 that the Hebrew word Mishpat was the key to understanding the text and subsequent postmortem judgement. Ecclesiastes 5 also uses the term, but it does so in a way that a man judges another man. However that changes in 11:9 which states, “Rejoice,... Continue Reading →

Death And Judgment In Ecclesiastes 3

When one reads the words of Qohelet (please note that Qohelet and Ecclesiastes are referring to the same work) the skepticism that is experienced is real.  On the surface it seems much different that other books of the Old Testament.  Perhaps new ideas were emerging regarding a postmortem judgment during the postexilic period.  When the... Continue Reading →

Who Is Qohelet In Ecclesiastes?

Qohelet is the Hebrew name for the book of Ecclesiastes.  The more popular rendering of Ecclesiastes is the Greek rendering that was found in the Greek Old Testament Septuagint.  Just who Qohelet is has been a matter of debate for several centuries.  One clue to the identity of the writer is in Ecclesiastes 1:1 which... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Injustice

Today’s guest post comes from crosstheology at crosstheology.wordpress.com Check out his great blog and make sure to follow! Injustice “That which is crooked cannot be made straight.” – Ecclesiastes 1:15a (KJV) Injustice, think about the word for a moment… “in” is Latin for “not” so in-justice equals “not-justice”. What I like about the Book of Ecclesiastes –... Continue Reading →

Jesus in Hebrew Poetry

Within the Old Testament are a group of books that are written almost entirely in Hebrew Poetry.  With the exception of a few passages in the Psalms, they do not deal with history.  They deal with the concerns of mankind, such as suffering, sickness, and death[1].  For the most part they are speaking about man... Continue Reading →

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