Overview of Ecclesiastes

  • 21st book of the BIBLE, Old Testament and 4th of the wisdom or poetic books
  • Solomon was looking back on his life, much of which was lived apart from God.
  • The key word in Ecclesiastes is “vanity.”
  • Vanity is the futile emptiness of trying to be happy apart from God.
  • The word “vanity” occurs some 37 times in Ecclesiastes.
  • Life (“under the sun” is used 29 times) seems to be filled with:
    • Inequities
    • Changes in fortune
    • Uncertainties
    • Violations of justice
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of an intense search for meaning and satisfaction in life on the earth.
  • Live lived without regard for God is life lived without value.