Nov 22

Understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series How to Study the Bible

Understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes

Prior to getting started with the study of Prophecy in the Bible, we need to set some boundaries. The teachings held by some groups depend upon verses found in the book of Ecclesiastes. Can they be trusted? Why, or why not?

The Meaning of LifeUnderstanding the Book of Ecclesiastes

Solomon (King David’s son and the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes) spent many years trying to find the meaning of life. In the first 11 chapters of the book of Ecclesiastes, he reported things that seem to be common sense, but, under scrutiny, they are not always true. (This is how a “proverb” is defined and why not all proverbs are to be followed. See Ezekiel 18:1-4)

An example from Ecclesiastes: “There is nothing new under the sun”, Ecc 1:9. It is like the more contemporary phrase, “It’s the same old drag every day!” Although commonly accepted and never called a lie, neither of these statements is factual. The phrase “under the sun” is often by Solomon.  In Ecclesiastes, it describes events as they are seen from man’s eyes (vice God’s view). From our view, everything seems to change very little. But actually, tiny changes are occurring all the time. (Like the loss of our hair and the increase in our weight!)  Continue reading