"Vanity of vanities, all is vanity," says Ecclesiastes.
What is the point of living this life, vain, painful and fleeting? The answer can be found in this oft-cited, seldom understood book of the Old Testament.
Woody Lewis in The Ecclesiastes, to live with wisdom guides us step by step in the study of this ancient text. He explains the maxims and then addresses the central questions of Ecclesiastes: Is life worth living? How to be happy in this existence? What attitude to have in the face of earthly pleasures? Are satisfaction and joy even possible?
Throughout the chapters, the author presents the biblical text and enriches it with his translation notes, then gives an outline, a detailed analysis of the passage as well as the applications, before concluding with questions for reflection. Educational, clear and accessible to all, this in-depth study is ideal for personal or group reflection.
More than a simple philosophical guide, it is a real practical tool to lead this quest for wisdom. Like a map to navigate with the Qohéleth, it encourages us to fear God, the source of all wisdom and all joy.
This book will help you:
- Understand each section of Ecclesiastes in context.
- Apply the text in your everyday life.
- Renew your outlook on life and on God in this difficult world
Highlights of the book:
- Questions to develop personal reflection.
- Clear and educational explanations.
- Those who want to understand the biblical perspective of life.
- Believers who want to deepen the book of Ecclesiastes.
Woody Lewis is a graduate of Princeton University in History and a PhD from Dallas Theological School. Parents of four daughters, Woody and his wife lived near Grenoble. He practiced in this city a teaching ministry in a training school (CIFEM), as well as in his local church. He also teaches at the Institut Biblique de Genève, where he teaches, among other things, the principles of biblical interpretation and the books of Wisdom.
Table of contents
01: The concept of "Vanity"
02: The concept of "Fear of God"
03: Other key concepts
04: Why wonder if life is worth living? (1.2-11)
05: Can we find joy and wisdom? Are joy and wisdom accessible? (1.12–2.26)
06: Does it take a time for all that is good and all that is bad? (3.1-22)
07: Injustice under the microscope: so what? (4.1-16)
08: What can't religion or money provide? (4.17–6.6)
09: Do you have questions? (6.7-12)
10: Wisdom is great but it has limits (7.1-29)
11: Since wisdom is so limited, is it worth looking for? (8.1–9.1a)
12: What to do in the face of an uncertain future? (9.1-12)
13: Which is stronger: foolishness or wisdom? (9.13–10.20)
14: Do you hesitate? (11.1-8)
15: What to do when you are young, when you are old? (11.9–12.8)
16: What if it was true? Final remarks (12.9-14)
Appendix A: Abridged plan of Ecclesiastes
Appendix B: Plan of Ecclesiastes (neither abridged nor detailed)
Appendix C: Detailed plan of Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes
Appendix D: Summary of Key Concepts (Chapters 1 to 3)
Appendix E: “Vanity” Again!
Author : Woody Lewis
Publisher: Éditions Clé
Publication : October 2019
ISBN : 978-2-35843-131-6
Pages : 328
Dimensions : 15.5 x 21 cm
Weight : 410 g