This book reports the efforts of “the Teacher,” long believed to be Solomon, to find meaning in life apart from a personal relationship with God. His pessimistic conclusion: such a life is “meaningless,” and will lead to despair. Only those who “fear God and keep His commandments” can live in hope.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|I.||Prologue: Life Is Meaningless||Ecc. 1:1–11|
|II.||Proof: Meaninglessness Demonstrated||Ecc. 1:12–6:12|
|III.||Preferences: Making the Best of a Meaningless Life||Ecc. 7:1–12:8|
|IV.||Epilogue: Call to Fear God||Ecc. 12:9–14|