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Ancient Wisdom When All Else Fails


by T. M. Moore

  • Length: 139 pages
  • Published: December 23, 2010
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5358-8
  • Item Code: 5358
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Recipient of a 2002 Christianity Today Award of Merit!

"Meaningless!" says Ecclesiastes. "All is meaningless!"

We live. We work. We die. Even with our best efforts to find lasting enjoyment and significance, we are faced with the conclusion that there is nothing new under the sun.

Despite this gloomy assessment (or perhaps because of it), people have been drawn to the Middle Eastern wisdom of this enigmatic book for thousands of years. Its brutal honesty doesn't flinch from life's difficulties or its thorniest problems.

The new translation and interpretive paraphrase provided here by T. M. Moore artfully unveils the ancient mysteries of this often puzzling book. By its very cynicism, Ecclesiastes seems to suggest that to find what is of enduring value we must embrace the hard things, not avoid them. With notes and a useful study guide, Moore skillfully shows us that the dark side will have its say. The question is, will it have the last word?


Chasing the Wind - Ecclesiastes 1
Hating Life - Ecclesiastes 2
Eternity in Our Hearts - Ecclesiastes 3
No One to Comfort Them - Ecclesiastes 4
Honest to God - Ecclesiastes 5
Full Lives, Empty Souls - Ecclesiastes 6
Going to Extremes - Ecclesiastes 7
Civic Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 8
Alive (At Least) - Ecclesiastes 9
The Blessings of Common Sense - Ecclesiastes 10
Make the Most of It--While You Can - Ecclesiastes 11
The Whole of a Person - Ecclesiastes 12
Study Guide

T. M. Moore is a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum and dean of its Centurions Program. He is also principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition that serves pastors and other church leaders. His essays, articles, poems and reviews have appeared in dozens of journals and periodicals. He has written a number of books and study guides, including Culture Matters (Brazos Press), Consider the Lilies (Presbyterian & Reformed), Redeeming Pop Culture (Presbyterian & Reformed) and Psalms for Prayer (Baker). He is also editor of the series Jonathan Edwards for Today’s Reader (Presbyterian & Reformed). He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Tennessee.

BY T. M. Moore

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