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Do you remember ever sitting down on the front porch on a late summer evening with an older relative Do you remember the stories that he or she told you Chances are that through this persons wisdom your life was enriched your views changed or maybe you just sat and smiled as you took it all in for later consideration of course The Bible in many ways portrays that old soul full of wisdom and this is exemplified no better than by the Wisdom Books The Wisdom literature found in the Bible is for the most part contained in 6 main books Job Psalms Proverbs Song Of Songs Ecclesiasticus or Sirach and Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes has been dubbed by many as one of the most difficult to read yet most fascinating books of the Bible What makes Ecclesiastes such a literary phenomena Its author its many modern connections its relationship to the book of Proverbs and its message contribute greatly to the stature of this fine work of art The author of the book of Ecclesiastes is called Qoheleth or Koheleth That is the Hebrew word for teacher or philosopher This name acts as a label of occupation but it doesnt place a specific identity on the author However there are a number of clues in the book and in others that give us a pretty strong probability that the author was indeed King Solomon First the title Son of David 11 leads us to believe that Solomon could in fact be the author Reading further in the same chapter we find the quote King of Jerusalem Solomon was king of Jerusalem at the time Ecclesiastes was written 971-931 BC Earlier in the Bible in 1Kings 312 we see that Solomon has bestowed upon him a wise and understanding heart Obviously Qoheleth shares this trait with Solomon Solomon is further shown to have great wisdom in 1Kings 429-34 and 1023 Also in 1Kings we
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