CBS: Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes)

Recorded November 14th 2013

The Catholic Biblical School editors give the subtitle “The Failure of Wisdom” to this book, whose best known line is “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity!” The word ‘vanity’ is not quite accurate: a better translation is ‘transitory or impermanent’, and one often hears the complaint that all human endeavors and accomplishments eventually fade away and are forgotten. What then is worth doing? Seeking wisdom, following God’s law and enjoying the pleasures and satisfactions of life.

People may remember the famous song by The Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn” which is based upon 3:1-8; “a time for every affair under the sun.”


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