Ecclesiastes ch3 (links roundup)

Recently in class we have discussed the significance of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament.   I wanted to know what people are saying about chapter 3 these days and in recent history.

Let’s start with it’s most popular spin-off:

The Byrds, a very popular LA band from the 60’s did a rendention of Pete Seeger‘s song “Turn, Turn Turn”

Seeger took the lyrics almost verbatim from the book of Ecclesiastes, as found in the King James Version , though the sequence of the words were rearranged for the song.  (The title and verse “Turn, Turn, Turn” are the only words Seeger himself wrote.)

  1. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
  2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
  3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
  4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
  5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
  6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
  7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
  8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

“There is a time for being born and a time for dying,” Ecclesiastes 3:2 explains the beginning and end of every living creature, including soccer players.  In “John “The Rock” Mensah, Time to Bow Out?” author Adzigodi

The Actual Rock of GibraltarDennis Narterh states that “for football (soccer) players, a time to shine and a time to die out will perhaps be the best phrase to depict their life span…” speaking specifically of John Mensah affectionately called “The Rock of Gibraltar”.

(right: a photo of the actual Rock of Gibraltar)

More recently in the United States there has been a question about the budget and with it, an issue with Planned Parenthood has risen.  On a blog about abortion and tax money has taken center stage.  Author Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of “God is Not One…,” believes that now is not the time for the Tea Party to bring up abortion laws.  What is important is to figure out the remaining budget for the year 2011.  He quotes, “As the Bible says, there is a time and a place for everything: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).”

People often turn to Ecclesiastes 3 for comfort when their friends and family members die.

Craig Hensel, Pastor of Community Bible Church and author of “What to do when your Pastor Dies” says it is appropriate to mourn and grieve.  But there is a reason for all that happens – It’s God’s Will.

On a more personal note, when I was in high school, a good friend and well-known football player for Paul Laurence Dunbar High School died in a car accident.  Zach Stanfield’s memorial service both opened and closed with the words of Ecclesiastes 3.  The song “Turn Turn Turn” by The Byrds (as mentioned above) was one of his favorite songs and it fit so well.  That year everyone at Dunbar played that song in their cars, while hanging out with friends and whenever they thought of Zach.


About S.Donoho

is a senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Economics and minoring in Business. She's considering the possibility of going to Korea (where she was born) in the near future to teach English.
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