by Stan Coffey

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The Book Of Ecclesiastes: Seeking Satisfaction In Life Authorship (30 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Stan Coffey
November 25, 1990

AUTHORSHIP: Traditionally, the Book of Ecclesiastes is regarded as the work of Solomon. The book is a dramatic autobiography of his experience and reflections while he was out of fellowship with God. Solomon, though the wisest man in all the Bible, did not follow his own wisdom. Ecclesiastes has its origin in his tragic sin of forsaking God and seeking satisfaction in philosophy and science "under the sun" that is based only upon speculation and thought. The inference of the book that "all is vanity and vexation of spirit" is therefore inevitable for man out of fellowship with God and the message of Ecclesiastes is that apart from God, life is full of weariness and disappointment.

DATE: The 10th century of BC.

THEME: The key word of the book is "vanity" (emptiness). The recurring use of the term "vanity" expresses perfectly the utter and complete futility of seeking happiness through one's own pursuit of wealth, knowledge, or possessions. Solomon, as no other man in history, had the world at his feet - unlimited wealth and possessions, the finest of education and intellectual brilliance, the highest in position of public acclaim, unrestricted opportunity for the pursuit of pleasure, yet having tried all the world had to offer, he testifies that man can gain the- whole world and lose his own soul. (Matthew 16-:26). The author presents his struggles frankly and honestly as he wrestles continually against the problems and dilemmas of life. Th ...

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