Hengstenberg, Commentary on Ecclesiastes
(Philadelphia: Smith, English & Co.
Field" reverberates with "fall" at the end of line 1 and with "tills" and "beneath" in line 3, in a way that "earth" had not done, but it also deflects the poem from too close a connection with Ecclesiastes
and its chthonic emphasis on going down to the earth.
Most Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic scholars--all of whom count Ecclesiastes
in their canons--still begin every discussion of, the book by asking: "How did this ever get into the Bible?
As official empty nesters, we will, in honoring Ecclesiastes
, throw away whatever son No.
Thomas calls Horace's "Hebraic didacticism" (117), a trait which might have been a point in Horace's favor for Hemingway, considering the novelist's regard for Ecclesiastes
says the folk song, taken from the verses of Ecclesiastes
, but to what?
By an apt coincidence the Old Testament lesson appointed to be read in the Church in Wales lectionary on the following day contained a verse taken from the ninth chapter of Ecclesiastes
which reads, 'Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
ORIGEN GUIDED CHRISTIAN DISCIPLES to first read Proverbs, then Ecclesiastes
, and then the Song of Songs.
1] These are the words of Qoholet, the Teacher, to whom the book of Ecclesiastes
in the Hebrew Bible is attributed.
But there is a time, with apologies to Jose Limon and Ecclesiastes
, to pursue a column, and there is a time to retire a column.
The opening sections on religion are devastating, yet none more so than the note on which the entire work ends--a comparison of Ecclesiastes
with fairies, for instance: "The Ecclesiastiques take the Cream of the Land, by Donations of ignorant men, that stand in aw of them, and by Tythes: So also it is in the Fable of Fairies, that they enter into the Dairies, and Feast upon the Cream, which they skim from the Milk.
As it says in Ecclesiastes
, there is nothing new under the sun.