Futility: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Wisdom Literature

Ecclesiastes and Proverbs represent our first significant foray into Old Testament theodicy. Both are collections of knowledge about life that seem to take the reader outside of the Bible’s “theological triangle.”  Ecclesiastes in particular dramatizes the teachings of “Koheleth, son of David,” as it presents a vision of life that is “utter futility!”

What is the theological message of Ecclesiastes?

Do you see any connections between the worldview of Proverbs and that argued for in Ecclesiastes

How does Ecclesiastes present an answer to the question of evil and suffering in the world?

In what ways does Ecclesiastes participate in the Old Testament genre of Wisdom Literature?

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About Andrew Battista

Andrew Battista is Librarian for Geospatial Information Systems at New York University
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