Ecclesiastes authorship and dating

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This position would state that the author wanted to offer the book a Solomonic feel, but was not truly written by Solomon. There are a myriad of other extremely unconvincing arguments in favor of non-Solomonic authorship. “Scott, for example, speaks for most in asserting the linguistic and historical evidence to indicate that Ecclesiastes was written in the late Persian or early Greek period. Following Solomon’s rule the kingdom was divided and ruling in Jerusalem would have allowed one to only rule Judah. 12:9 establishes that the author arranged many proverbs. The pleasure or satisfaction in those areas is as fleeting as one’s breath on a cold winter’s day. In these instances, the passage is not speaking to the brief length of the pursuit.

He bluntly states that claiming Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes is ‘like claiming that a book about Marxism in modern English idiom and spelling was written by Henry VIII.’” centuries) held that Solomon is the author of the book of Ecclesiastes. We know that Solomon wrote many of the proverbs in the book of Proverbs. While some want to deny Solomonic authorship due to , it would make sense that Solomon wrote from that perspective as an old man looking back on his life. Becoming the teacher in this book allows Solomon to set aside the mantle of king and take on the mantle of sage or wise man. It is speaking to the pointlessness of a diligent attempt.

Whatever the outcome concerning the human authorship, there is no doubt that God breathed into a man this revelation for our profit. What would life look like if we were left in that futility? While there are hints spread throughout the book and a clear statement of focus in the conclusion, the rest of the book views life without hope. Further in the passage in Romans it is clear that Christ is the hope offered to a society plagued by futility. NAS Ecc 1:2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! But the one who looks to me for help will inherit the land and will have access to my holy mountain.” Pro 21:6 Making a fortune by a lying tongue is like a vapor driven back and forth;they seek death.

Qoheleth occurs seven times in the book of Ecclesiastes (Eccl 1:1-2, 12; Eccl ; Eccl 12:8-10) and nowhere else in biblical literature. This understanding of Genesis and Romans leads us into the first section of Ecclesiastes and its theme . The first of the three meanings of hebel carries the idea of being brief or short.

2 Timothy -16 Now in fact all who want to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

But evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.

You know who taught you and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, Ecclesiastes is inspired scripture.As we continue in this study today, there is one fact that is not up for debate.As a noun, designating the speaker, it also gives the Hebrew name Qoheleth to the book itself. In these instances, the word is not so much speaking to the worthlessness of the activity as much as it is to the length of the activity.Ekklesiastou is the Greek word used in the LXX which we find translated “Teacher.” 1:1 The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem: I, the Teacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. Often Ecclesiastes looks at life or a pursuit as simply being so short that it is like a breath. I realized that wisdom is preferable to folly, just as light is preferable to darkness: The wise man can see where he is going, but the fool walks in darkness. Psa The days of our lives add up to seventy years, or eighty, if one is especially strong.

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