Encountering Ecclesiastes: A Book for Our Time

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 19, 2006 - Religion - 141 pages
The book of Ecclesiastes speaks eloquently to the uncertainties and anxieties that people have experienced through the centuries. James Limburg brings this ancient book to life for readers in our probing, questioning twenty-first-century times. He illuminates the contemporary existential themes in Ecclesiastes -- the quest for meaning in life, the incompleteness of our knowledge, the place of work in human lives, and the need to discover God amid life's uncertainties. A fresh, relevant discussion, arising from Limburg's extensive teaching experience, Encountering Ecclesiastes is ideal for any reader seeking to understand the timeless wisdom of Ecclesiastes.

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Ecclesiastes has long been one of my favourite book in the Old Testament. Limburg taught me why: "Where, then, does the book of Ecclesiastes fit in? Someone once wrote that the writer of Ecclesiastes ... Read full review

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This is a great read. Limburg runs through each chapter of Ecclesiastes (combining a few) and picks out the themes and how it links with the book as a whole. It fits very well with progressive mainline thinking at this time and will be very applicable in my teaching and preaching as a pastor. Limburg tackles this piece of wisdom literature by adding thoughts from theologians from Luther through more modern folks like Brueggemann. It is not a commentary; however, explains many aspects of Ecclesiastes, its context, historical period, and struggles of the times (many of which are extremely applicable today). Overall, wonderful read, very informative, and many aspects will stick with me while applying Ecclesiastes elsewhere in my studies and teachings.  

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Whats It All About? Getting Into Ecclesiastes
Is That All There Is? Ecclesiastes 12
Who Knows? Ecclesiastes 3
Whos Been Working the Hardest? Ecclesiastes 4
What about God? Ecclesiastes 5
What about Death? Ecclesiastes 6 and 7
So How Should I Live My Life? Ecclesiastes 9 11 12
What Its All About Ecclesiastes for Our Time
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Page xii - It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

About the author (2006)

James Limburg is Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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