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The Anchor Yale Bible: Ecclesiastes (AYB)

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Overview

Good advice that stands the test of time—those things we all know are true, tips that help us live the good life—we call wisdom. But, one lifetime is not enough to master the fine art of living. Distilled over centuries, the biblical book of Ecclesiastes offers us the time-tested advice of Israel’s sages. This is the best of wisdom, with echoes of East and West—from Zen and Tao to Merton and Moore—all rolled into one.

In Ecclesiastes, Bible scholar Choon-Leong Seow creatively translates and carefully interprets one of the world’s most profound, most enduring collections of ancient wisdom. Sometimes joyful and exultant, other times cynical and fatalistic, the ancient author Qohelet (“Teacher”) wrestles with the ups and downs of real life. Even today, we recognize and repeat the sayings of this treasure-trove of apt advice. The book begins and ends with the infamous claim, “‘Vanity of vanities,’ says Qohelet, ‘vanity of vanities! All is vanity!’” In between, the sage leaves no stone unturned in the search for meaning.

Focusing the best tools of modern scholarship on the biblical book, Seow’s commentary overflows with insights about the meaning of the original text and its relevance for today. As the wisdom of biblical Ecclesiastes has stood the test of time, so shall Seow’s Ecclesiastes become a classic.

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  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature
  • Superscription (1:1)
  • Part I.A. Reflection: Everything Is Ephemeral and Unreliable
    • Preface (1:2–11)
    • Nothing Is Ultimately Reliable (1:12–2:26)
    • Everything Is in the Hand of God (3:1–22)
    • Relative Good Is Not Good Enough (4:1–16)
  • Part I.B. Ethics: Coping with Uncertainty
    • Attitude before God (5:1–7 [Heb 4:17–5:6])
    • Enjoyment, Not Greed (5:8–6:9 [Heb 5:7–6:9])
  • Part II.A. Reflection: Everything Is Elusive
    • No One Knows What Is Good (6:10–7:14)
    • Righteousness and Wisdom are Elusive (7:15–29)
    • It’s an Arbitrary World (8:1–17)
  • Part II.B. Ethics: Coping with Risks and Death
    • Carpe Diem (9:1–10)
    • The World Is Full of Risks (9:11–10:15)
    • Living with Risks (10:16–11:6)
    • Conclusion (11:7–12:8)
  • Title: Ecclesiastes
  • Author: Choon-Leong Seow
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 448

Choon-Leong Seow is Henry Snyder Gehman Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature (Presbyterian), Princeton Theological Seminary.

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