Hearing The Message Of Ecclesiastes
There is no easy answer to the meaning of life–even when you believe in God.
The book of Ecclesiastes seeks to answer the question: “What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?” The book’s central character is Qoheleth, who wants to understand the meaning of life as far as he possibly can with the tools of his own empirical observation and reason. He struggles to reconcile the beautiful world that we love and enjoy with the baffling world of injustice, suffering, and death. Qoheleth circles around an abyss of nihilism and pessimism. He lives with unanswered questions. Yet he remains a believer.
Old Testament scholar Christopher J. H. Wright invites you to join Qoheleth on a journey through wisdom literature from centuries ago, because the message of Ecclesiastes can be strangely reassuring as we put our faith to the test in today’s post-modern era. There will be disorienting twists and turns and the occasional complete impasse as complex topics are discussed, like:
*The meaning of life
*Mysteries of time and injustice
*Ambiguities of work, politics, worship, and wealth
Hearing the Message of Ecclesiastes won’t answer your questions about the meaning of life, but it will ultimately help you live in the tension of God’s gifts in Genesis 1-2 and the fallen world of Genesis 3–and still go on trusting in the sovereign goodness of God.
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SKU (ISBN): 9780310145912
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: June 2023
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*Headphones recommended for best experience
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*Samsung S8, Samsung S9, Samsung Note 9, Google Pixel 2,Google Pixel 2XL, *Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X/XR/XS
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