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The JPS Bible Commentary


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The Book of Ecclesiastes concerns itself with universal philosophical questions, rather than events in the history of Israel and in the Hebrews' covenant with God. Koheleth, the speaker in this book, ruminates on what - if anything - has lasting value, and how - if at all - God interacts with humankind.

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Michael V. Fox received his rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College, USA. He received a PhD in Bible, Semitics, and Egyptology from the Hebrew University, Israel. He is currently Halls-Bascom Professor of Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin, USA.


"The sum of the matter, when all is said and done, is that the JPS Ecclesiastes/Kohelet is a thorough, sensitive and engaging study with much to recommend it."-Canadian Jewish News "This is an insightful and accessible commentary that reflects many years of deep engagement with the text."-Journal of Hebrew Scriptures "This volume is a profitable resource for both scholars and pastors. Pastors will appreciate its brevity and clarity, and scholars will respect its depth and thoughtfulness."-Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

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