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The End of the Matter: Understanding the Epilogue of Ecclesiastes

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The End of the Matter

One of the most debated subjects in Ecclesiastes studies is the purpose of its epilogue (ch. 12:9–14). Many scholars view the epilogue as a later addition that attempts to tone down the unorthodox message of the book. They tend to overlook the content of the concluding passage and in turn miss out on its significance.

The End of the Matter: Understanding the Epilogue of Ecclesiastes brings a fresh perspective to the epilogue of Ecclesiastes. In it, author Miles Custis puts forth the theory that Ecclesiastes was written by one man who used two distinct voices: the voice of Qohelet and the voice of the epilogist. In regards to this theory, Custis examines the criticism surrounding the relationship between the body of Ecclesiastes and the epilogue. He shows how the message of the epilogue fits with the body of Ecclesiastes, and as a result, brings readers a deeper understanding of the meaning, structure, and purpose of Ecclesiastes’ last verses.

Contents

  • Hebel and Value in Qohelet
  • Contradiction in Ecclesiastes
  • Exegesis of Ecclesiastes 12:9–14
  • The Purpose of the Epilogue and Its Relation to the Rest of Ecclesiastes

Product Details

  • Title: The End of the Matter: Understanding the Epilogue of Ecclesiastes
  • Author: Miles Custis
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: iv, 106

About Miles Custis

Miles Custis holds an MA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University where he specialized in Wisdom literature. He has contributed to Bible Study Magazine and Lexham Bible Dictionary. He currently works as a Contributing Editor for Logos Bible Software.

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