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Kohelet A Modern Commentary on Ecclesiastes kindle ¸ A Modern Commentary on Ecclesiastes Download ✓ ❴Ebook❵ ➩ Kohelet: A Modern Commentary on Ecclesiastes (English and Hebrew Edition) Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk FormeIth the help of commentary from both ancient and modern sources This thoughtful translation provides an innovative manner in which to harvest the teachings of this work Other works in the Kravitz and Olitzky modern commentary series Shemonah Perakim A Treatise on the Soul Pirke Avot A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics Mishlei A Modern Commentary on Proverbs Shir HaShirim A Modern Commentary on the Song of Songs Ruth A Modern Commentar Kohelet its Hebrew name Ecclesiastes in English is one of the twenty four books of the Hebrew Bible Both names mean assembly or assembler The book's author states that he was the son of King David and a king in Jerusalem Yet we know of no son of David called Kohelet and no one by that name was a king in Jerusalem This is one of many problems in this sacred bookThe foremost difficulty is its apparent hedonistic view such as the following Go eat your bread with joy and an easy mind Drink your wine for God Elohim has already approved what you have done Enjoy life with a woman you love all the fleeting days that are given to youfor this is what you get out of life and from the exertions that you labor under the sun Understanding is better than giving sacrifices as fools do What happens to people happens to animals Being human has no advantage over being a beast Everything is useless a view far different from traditional Jewish thinking Besides the apparent hedonism Kohelet is also a misogynist as when he writes a woman is bitterer than death She is a trap Her heart is a snare Her hands are chains He who has God's favor avoids herSecond the word Elohim freuently but not always means God in the Hebrew Bible but it literally means the powerful one and is also used to describe a judge and strong people Kohelet uses it thirty six times as in the above uote and he may not be referring to the deity in all of these verses He may mean nature or the way things are in the world Thus in the above uote he may be saying enjoy all the fine things in life for this is natural the best way to liveThird many verses seem to contradict one another as if a second and perhaps even a third editor tried to modify or revise the author's seemingly audacious and possibly heterodox declarations into views generally held by most Jews The hand of another writer is especially clear in the final six verses of the book where the text switches from Kohelet speaking to another person who describes Kohelet as a wise man a teacher a writer of parables and truth Then after a book filled with seemingly hedonistic views the volume ends by saying that people should revere God and keep His commandments for this is the whole of man If these are the words of an editor the original version of Kohelet ends in 128 just as it began Total uselessness says Kohelet everything is uselessIn the second century of the Common Era the rabbis debated whether to include Kohelet which was most likely composed around the second century BCE in the Hebrew Bible canon Some rabbis opposed it but it was included Kravitz and Olitzky offer readers a new translation of the book and a commentary on every verse Thus the traditional Vanity of vanities says Kohelet vanity of vanities all is vanity is rendered It is all useless Kohelet said it is all useless Everything is useless Virtually all the commentaries that they use are from Rashi 1040 1105 and the Aramaic translation of the book Rashi relied on this Aramaic translation which was most likely composed after the completion of the Babylonian Talmud in the mid sixth century and before the Arab conuest of Israel in the seventh Kravitz and Olitzky also have some commentaries of Abraham ibn Ezra 1089 1164; including some notions that Kohelet is referring to the powers of astrology These sources do not explain the plain meaning of the Kohelet passages They portray Kohelet as a very religious man who is encouraging his readers to accept and follow the proper way to serve God and to act with moral behavior Thus for example although Kohelet doesn't mention punishment for misdeeds after death they read it into his words Rashi interprets the statement about women mentioned above as referring to heretical beliefs that must be avoided not women Also the Aramaic translation freuently states that Kohelet is speaking of past events that should be emulated such as some religious act performed by the patriarch Abraham The authors include several pages after each of Kohelet's twelve chapters explaining different concepts such as the Davidic kingdom and its restoration and Gleanings from other books that touch upon ideas in the chapters Whether readers of the original Kohelet prefer to accept its plain meaning or favor the homiletical versions Kohelet is a good book to provoke thought

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R enhance the reader’s understanding of the subject This series is a wonderful addition to your Jewish library whether you are approaching the texts for the first time or the hundredth time It is suited for both individual reflection and class study The Book of Ecclesiastes includes both some of the most familiar biblical uotes as well as some unfamiliar and even surprising texts Olitzky and Kravitz guide the reader through the text w I was surprised to find a simplistic and unsophisticated reading of Kohelet here as the editorsauthors spend the entire book trying to reconcile the text to itself and to Torah Although I understand that one traditional Jewish mode of interpretation is to presume the unity and cohesion of a text and to then explain contradiction away in the 21st century post documentary hypothesis and post 200 years of literary theory I found it to be grating and uninspiredMore problematic however is the complete lack of understanding of what Wisdom Literature was and of the mystical mode of writing Wisdom Literature through the process of koan like contradictions that seek purposefully to break open the mind of the reader Instead the editorsauthors try to make all the contradictions make logical linear senseThis is especially disappointing to me because I have enjoyed many of the other Modern Commentary series and others in the series eg Ruth were thoroughly modern and aware and intelligent in their complex readings of an ancient text

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Kohelet A Modern Commentary on Ecclesiastes English and Hebrew EditionFormerly a URJ Press title Rabbis educators and longtime colleagues Kerry M Olitzky and Leonard S Kravitz have together produced a series of modern commentaries on fundamental Jewish texts Each of these editions features a line by line translation coupled with the original text and commentary breathing new life into traditional rabbinic readings Each also contains essays and gleanings that draw upon the works of other scholars to bette First rate scholarship and clarify of translation Like their earlier volume on Pirkei Avot The WisdomEthicsVerses of the Fathers they go to great pains to explain the context in which this very problematic text was written and the linguistic conundra which pop up at many pointsI was so impressed that I also purchased their volumes on Ruth a delight to read and Proverbs another extremely thorny text no easy answersHIGHLY RECOMMENDED