Ecclesiastes


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Ec·cle·si·as·tes

 (ĭ-klē′zē-ăs′tēz′)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
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[Late Latin Ecclēsiastēs, from Greek Ekklēsiastēs, preacher (translation of Hebrew qōhelet), from ekklēsiastēs, a member of the ecclesia, from ekklēsiā, ecclesia; see ecclesia.]

Ecclesiastes

(ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstiːz)
n
(Bible) (functioning as singular) a book of the Old Testament, probably written about 250 bc
[via Late Latin, from Greek ekklēsiastēs member of the assembly; see ecclesia]

Ec•cle•si•as•tes

(ɪˌkli ziˈæs tiz)

n.
a book of the Bible, containing thoughts about life and its meaning.
[< Late Latin < Greek ekklēsiastḗs person addressing an assembly, derivative of ekklēsí(a) ecclesia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ecclesiastes - an Old Testament book consisting of reflections on the vanity of human life; is traditionally attributed to Solomon but probably was written about 250 BC
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
Hagiographa, Ketubim, Writings - the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
sapiential book, wisdom book, wisdom literature - any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
Translations
Kazatel
Qoelet
Pridigar

Ecclesiastes

[ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstiːz] N (Bible) the Book of Ecclesiastesel Libro de Eclesiastés

Ecclesiastes

n(der Prediger) Salomo m

Ecclesiastes

[ɪˌkliːzɪˈæstiːz] nEcclesiaste m
References in classic literature ?
The truest of all men was the Man of Sorrows, and the truest of all books is Solomon's, and Ecclesiastes is the fine hammered steel of woe.
And to the question asked by Ecclesiastes three thousand years ago, "That which is far off and exceeding deep, who can find it out?
The Bible itself was not much known to me at an age when most children have been obliged to read it several times over; the gospels were indeed familiar, and they have always been to me the supreme human story; but the rest of the New Testament I had not read when a man grown, and only passages of the Old Testament, like the story of the Creation, and the story of Joseph, and the poems of Job and Ecclesiastes, with occasional Psalms.
I wondered what Wolf Larsen could get from it, and he read aloud to me from Ecclesiastes.
From the commentary on Ecclesiastes (5:9-6:8, The Vanity of Riches) by Saint Jerome, priest
Her goal is to examine Ecclesiastes as cultural criticism (Part III).
Accordingly, a royalist divine, John Spencer, cites Ecclesiastes and its emphasis on "happiness" as a biblical analogue of the national joy at the Restoration; whereas Milton in Paradise Lost alludes to the same biblical text to identify happiness as open engagement between truth and error, whether in the debate between Abdiel and Satan, Satan's seduction of Eve, or the clarity of the Son's vision and narration during the celestial dialogue in book 3 of the epic.
2) Commentators adopted three approaches to the interpretation of Ecclesiastes 2:26, viewing it as an expression of "poetic justice," an exhibition of "Divine arbitrariness," or being a "pious gloss.
These scattered verses from Ecclesiastes could easily fall into that category of difficult and disturbing readings.
KING SOLOMON is traditionally the author of Ecclesiastes.
The authors of the biblical books of Job and Ecclesiastes.
Stephen Fry read a lesson from Ecclesiastes III, verses 1-11, while Sir John's daughter Juliet read 'Fear No More The Heat O' The Sun' by Shakespeare.