The Message of Ecclesiastes Paperback

A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance

by D. Kidner

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Looking at what life is all about, this exploration of the book of Ecclesiastes opens up the Bible's answers to great questions of existence. 

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The Message of Ecclesiastes

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'Vanity of vanities', says the Preacher, 'Vanity of vanities! All is vanity'.

Is that what life is? A wisp of vapour, a puff of wind, a mere breath - nothing you can get your hands on - the nearest thing to zero? So says the Preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes. But is this the whole message of Ecclesiastes?

With imagination and clarity Derek Kidner introduces this Old Testament book which speaks so powerfully to our generation. His love of Hebrew poetry and his understanding of the biblical mind shine through in his careful passage-by-passage exposition.

The Message of Ecclesiastes by D. Kidner was published by Intervarsity Press in October 1984 and is our 10257th best seller. The ISBN for The Message of Ecclesiastes is 9780851107288.

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General Preface
Author's Preface
Chief Abbreviations

Part One: What is this book doing in the Bible?--a reconnaissance

Part Two: What is this book saying?--a running commentary
--The author, motto and a survey of the scene 1:1--11
--The search for satisfaction 1:12--2:26
--The tyranny of time 3:1--15
--the harshness of life 3:16--4:3
--the rat-race 4:4--8
A first summary: A backward glance over Ecclesiastes 1:1--4:8
Interlude: Some reflections, maxims and home truths 4:9--5:12
--the bitterness of disappointment 5:13--6:12
A second summary: A backward glance over Ecclesiastes 4:9--6:12
Interlude: Some reflections, maxims and home truths 7:1--22
--the search goes on 7:23--29
--frustration 8:1--17
--jeopardy 9:1--18
A third summary: A backward glance over Ecclesiastes 7:1--9:18
Interlude: Be sensible! 10:1--20
--towards home 11:1--12:8

Part Three: What are we to say to this?--an epilogue

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Details for The Message of Ecclesiastes

Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherIntervarsity Press (October 1984)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages112
Thickness3 mm
Height210 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code3432
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