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Ecclesiastes : Annotated & Explained - Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Ecclesiastes

Annotated & Explained

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Twenty-three hundred years ago, an unnamed Hebrew sage known only as Koheleth, the Assembler of Wisdom, rocked the ancient Jewish world with a critique of society that shattered conventional notions of God, piety, politics, and power. Koheleth lived in a world of change and challenge not unlike our own. His teachings, known as the Book of Ecclesiastes, sought to empower people not unlike ourselves, which is why this book of the Hebrew Bible still speaks to us---people of all faiths---today.

In this contemporary and accurate translation, Rami Shapiro presents the Book of Ecclesiastes as neither revelation nor prophey but as a rational and inspirational guide to living well in the midst of uncertainty. Beginning with its opening broadside, "Havel havalim!"---not "futility" or "vanity" as most translations would have it, but "breath," "vapor," and "impermanence"---Shapiro opens up Koheleth's approach to living in a world where nothing lasts and justice is illusory; a world devoted to accumulating power, wealth, pleasure, and even knowledge that leaves you drowning in anxiety and needless suffering. He shows how koheleth's God demands neither sacrifice nor adherence to commandments, offering instead a practical lifestyle rooted in moderation, meaningful work, and friendship.

Now you can experience the Book of Ecclesiastes and understand Koheleth's teachings with no previous knowledge of the Hebrew Bible. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents insightful commentary that restores this ancient text to its timeless place as a guide to living sanely in an often insane world.

"Rami Shapiro's spirited translation and commentary rescue this great spiritual realist from official neglect and distortion. With zest and good humor ... shows us a courageous biblical personality who confronted the problem of life with wisdom form life."---Ray Waddle, editor, Reflections journal; author, Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes

"Rami Shapiro's contemporary and pungently poetic recreations of ancient biblical classics have inspired and instructed me for years. His Ecclesiastes is his most revelatory work yet."---Andrew Harvey, author, The Hope: A Guide to Spiritual Activism and A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides

"Koheleth's wisdom of 2,500 years ago is amazingly contemporary. Rabbi Rami savors the wisdom as he enlarges our appreciation of [these] teachings. You won't be the same after reading this translation and commentary."---Sister Rosemarie Greco, DW, Wisdom House Retreat Center, Litchfield, Connecticut

"Rami Shapiro's spirited translation and commentary rescue this great spiritual realist from official neglect and distortion. With zest and good humor shows us a courageous biblical personality who confronted the problem of life with wisdom from life." Ray Waddle, editor, Reflections journal; author, Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes



Rami Shapiro s contemporary and pungently poetic recreations of ancient biblical classics have inspired and instructed me for years. His Ecclesiastes is his most revelatory work yet. Andrew Harvey, author, The Hope: A Guide to Spiritual Activism and A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides

Koheleth s wisdom of 2,500 years ago is amazingly contemporary. Rabbi Rami savors the wisdom as he enlarges our appreciation of [these] teachings. You won t be the same after reading this translation and commentary. Sister Rosemarie Greco, DW, Wisdom House Retreat Center, Litchfield, Connecticut

Wisdom from beyond traditional theology . Offers roadside assistance to the people on the ever-changing path. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, co-author, Jewish with Feeling and A Heart Afire; author, First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit

" HUNTSVILLE, AL Here's the truth, according to the ancient author of the biblical Ecclesiastes: Life is movement, impermanence, and fundamental injustice. But it can still be good, if taken on its own terms.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro's translation and annotation of Ecclesiastes, part of SkyLight Paths' series of Illuminations, gets back to the heart of the Hebrew. It was written, Shapiro says, during an age much like ours when people were consumed with getting rich, when the poor were pushed off their land and out of their homes by creditors, when the beginnings of factory farming meant that farmhands had precious little land to grow their own food. Everything was changing, and the wise learned to find their satisfaction in the simplicity of good work and in good food shared moderately with good friends, not in piles of gold.

Ecclesiastes, Shapiro writes, is tough, unsentimental and non-religious in the traditional sense. It's more akin to the writings of the Chinese Tao and the ancient Stoics than it is to the rest of the Hebrew Bible. Shapiro demonstrates that cross-faith and culture kinship with facing-page notes and quotations from works ranging from Marcus Aurelius and the Tao te Ching to the Bhagavad Gita and Qur'an.

--Kay Campbell"The Huntsville Times" (02/24/2011)" "Rami Shapiro's spirited translation and commentary rescue this great spiritual realist from official neglect and distortion. With zest and good humor shows us a courageous biblical personality who confronted the problem of life with wisdom from life." Ray Waddle, editor, Reflections journal; author, Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes

Rami Shapiro s contemporary and pungently poetic recreations of ancient biblical classics have inspired and instructed me for years. His Ecclesiastes is his most revelatory work yet. Andrew Harvey, author, The Hope: A Guide to Spiritual Activism and A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides

Koheleth s wisdom of 2,500 years ago is amazingly contemporary. Rabbi Rami savors the wisdom as he enlarges our appreciation of [these] teachings. You won t be the same after reading this translation and commentary. Sister Rosemarie Greco, DW, Wisdom House Retreat Center, Litchfield, Connecticut

Wisdom from beyond traditional theology . Offers roadside assistance to the people on the ever-changing path. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, co-author, "Jewish with Feeling and A Heart Afire;" author, "First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit"" HUNTSVILLE, AL Here's the truth, according to the ancient author of the biblical Ecclesiastes: Life is movement, impermanence, and fundamental injustice. But it can still be good, if taken on its own terms.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro's translation and annotation of Ecclesiastes, part of SkyLight Paths' series of Illuminations, gets back to the heart of the Hebrew. It was written, Shapiro says, during an age much like ours when people were consumed with getting rich, when the poor were pushed off their land and out of their homes by creditors, when the beginnings of factory farming meant that farmhands had precious little land to grow their own food. Everything was changing, and the wise learned to find their satisfaction in the simplicity of good work and in good food shared moderately with good friends, not in piles of gold.

Ecclesiastes, Shapiro writes, is tough, unsentimental and non-religious in the traditional sense. It's more akin to the writings of the Chinese Tao and the ancient Stoics than it is to the rest of the Hebrew Bible. Shapiro demonstrates that cross-faith and culture kinship with facing-page notes and quotations from works ranging from Marcus Aurelius and the Tao te Ching to the Bhagavad Gita and Qur'an.--Kay Campbell"The Huntsville Times" (02/24/2011)" "Rami Shapiro's spirited translation and commentary rescue this great spiritual realist from official neglect and distortion. With zest and good humor shows us a courageous biblical personality who confronted the problem of life with wisdom from life." Ray Waddle, editor, Reflections journal; author, Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes

Rami Shapiro s contemporary and pungently poetic recreations of ancient biblical classics have inspired and instructed me for years. His Ecclesiastes is his most revelatory work yet. Andrew Harvey, author, The Hope: A Guide to Spiritual Activism and A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides

Koheleth s wisdom of 2,500 years ago is amazingly contemporary. Rabbi Rami savors the wisdom as he enlarges our appreciation of [these] teachings. You won t be the same after reading this translation and commentary. Sister Rosemarie Greco, DW, Wisdom House Retreat Center, Litchfield, Connecticut

Wisdom from beyond traditional theology . Offers roadside assistance to the people on the ever-changing path. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, co-author, "Jewish with Feeling and A Heart Afire;" author, "First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit"" HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Here's the truth, according to the ancient author of the biblical Ecclesiastes: Life is movement, impermanence, and fundamental injustice. But it can still be good, if taken on its own terms.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro's translation and annotation of Ecclesiastes, part of SkyLight Paths' series of Illuminations, gets back to the heart of the Hebrew. It was written, Shapiro says, during an age much like ours when people were consumed with getting rich, when the poor were pushed off their land and out of their homes by creditors, when the beginnings of factory farming meant that farmhands had precious little land to grow their own food. Everything was changing, and the wise learned to find their satisfaction in the simplicity of good work and in good food shared moderately with good friends, not in piles of gold.

Ecclesiastes, Shapiro writes, is tough, unsentimental and non-religious in the traditional sense. It's more akin to the writings of the Chinese Tao and the ancient Stoics than it is to the rest of the Hebrew Bible. Shapiro demonstrates that cross-faith and culture kinship with facing-page notes and quotations from works ranging from Marcus Aurelius and the Tao te Ching to the Bhagavad Gita and Quran.--Kay Campbell"The Huntsville Times" (02/24/2011)

ISBN: 9781594732874
ISBN-10: 1594732876
Series: Skylight Illuminations
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2