18 10, 2017

A neglected biblical book: Chronicles

By |2017-10-18T07:29:49-07:00October 18th, 2017|Thoughts|

  Chronicles, books I and II, were originally a single book, but were, like Samuel and Kings, divided into two simply because the books were too long to be held in a single scroll. Chronicles together with the books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of the Jews from Adam down to the fourth [...]

8 10, 2017

What “The Wisdom of Solomon” teaches

By |2017-10-08T05:26:29-07:00October 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  Most people do not realize that along with other kinds of ancient books that were felt to be religious, some of which were included in the canonized Hebrew Bible, there were books known as “wisdom literature.” Three biblical books are recognized as wisdom literature: Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Job. Two other early books that were [...]

3 10, 2017

A scholar’s interpretation of Ecclesiastes

By |2017-10-03T03:36:47-07:00October 3rd, 2017|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  The biblical book Kohelet, Ecclesiastes in English, is read in synagogues during the holiday of Sukkot. Why? The traditional answer is that a major theme of Kohelet is the futility of mundane pursuits and pleasures. Sukkot demonstrates this theme by the commandment to live in temporary dwellings. We move outside our homes, which provides [...]