all is vanity,life should be enjoyed. This is followed by passages in praise of wisdom and mercy, with increasing emphasis on the universality of death there is a brief epilogue on the fear of God's judgment. Despite the devout and ill-fitting conclusion of the work, the apparent cynicism of the book as a whole is said to have distressed the ancient rabbis some scholars ascribe to pious correctors a number of nonpessimistic observations. Ecclesiastes is one of the biblical examples of wisdom literature (see Wisdom of Solomon ).
See J. L. Crenshaw, Ecclesiastes (1987) R. Alter, The Wisdom Books (2010). See also bibliography for Old Testament .
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