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Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 – Letter 16: The Miser’s Poverty

Some people do realize that there is no reward in laboring for the favor of other people and so they react by saying, “Okay, forget others. I’m living for myself! Me for me!” Now, within this group of self-centered peo­ple there can be a large variety of personalities. All three groups of people from the […]

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Let’s briefly get back into perspective with the whole book as far as we’ve studied it. ECCLESIASTES (“The Preacher”) Theme:  Search for Meaning in Labor and Life CHAPTER 1: Introduction CHAPTERS 2-2: Personal Experiences CHAPTERS 4-6:  Counteracting Errors As the outline shows, this third section is the one in which Solomon attempts to counteract various […]

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We have finished Chapter 1 of ECCLESIASTES, which is Solomon’s introduction to the book, giving both his main theme and his reasons for writing the book. We now enter chapters 2-3 of ECCLESIASTES.  In these two chapters Solomon summarizes for us his own personal search for meaning in life apart from God, giving the double […]

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Ecclesiastes

“The Preacher’s Sermon” Theme: “Is there Meaning in Labor or Life?”   CHAPTER 1:  Introduction to the Sermon A.  The Author of the Sermon (1:1). B.  The Theme of the Sermon (1:2-11) 1.  The Theme as Answer and Question (2-3). 2.  Illustrations of the Theme (4-7). 3.  The Theme’s Basic Logic (8-11). C.  The Origin […]

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Letter 4 – Outline of Ecclesiastes

It took days and days of concentrated study to be able to work out a good outline of Ecclesiastes.  I copied every outline from my six commentaries and was unsatisfied with any of them.  I tried to get a fairly accurate outline before my in-depth study just as a beginning and then revised this outline […]

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Letter 3: Author of Ecclesiastes

I think that today and next time will still be sort of introductory to Ecclesiastes, not yet getting into the book itself for a real study.  Today I will try to look briefly at the author of the book, Solomon, as I believe.  Next time, I will look at my simple outline of the book, […]

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Letter 2: The Idea of Ecclesiastes

I have no idea whether you have ever studied the book of Ecclesiastes, which I have chosen for our first study.  If you have, you won’t need much introduction.  I know, however, that at your age I knew exactly nothing of the book and so I shall assume that you know as little as I […]

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Letters to a Young Friend on the Book of Ecclesiastes

Over a period of approximately one year, the author wrote a series of some sixty letters to a young Christian student who was struggling to understand God’s ways in her life.  The letters were written because the author was at the same time studying ECCLESIASTES in Ladies’ Bible Study and was amazed at the tremendous […]

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