BibleX: The Wisdom Books

Ecclesiastes 1:1-2, 2:17, 11:8

1. The writer of the book is referred to as “Qoheleth,” which is Hebrew for the “teacher” or the “preacher.” What repeated phrase do you see in the passages that you read?

2. Knowing that this is the central phrase of this book, repeated several times, what is the mood of the book? Do you expect a book like this to be in the Bible? Why or why not?

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

1. How does the writer describe the gaining of wisdom? Do you see where there might be validity in what he says? Why or why not?

Ecclesiastes 2:4-11, 2:18-23

1. What is the writer’s perspective on working hard to advance in status and fortune? Why does he think so?