Introduction to Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes is perhaps the most unusual book in the Bible. Non-Christian religions, and groups outside the bounds of orthodox Christianity, base some weird teachings on their views of this book. Both Jewish and Christian scholars have questioned why this book is included in the canon (authorized collection) of Holy Scripture. There are different interpretations of this book among Bible believers; in this paper I present my views on Ecclesiastes for your reflection.

Why Read This Book?

There are several ‘unknowns’ about this unusual book, but one thing we do know is that it is the Word of God. We are not sure who the human author is, but we know the primary author is God the Holy Spirit. Like the other sixty-five books of the Bible, we believe Ecclesiastes is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).


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