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Vanity or Vapor, Pt. 2 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #4)

The significance of the word “hebel” is so important that I want to spend a second installment further fleshing out why the range of this word matters so much in Ecclesiastes. If you haven’t read the previous installment I encourage you to scroll back down to find it. In translating “hebel” as “vapor”, “breath”, or … Continue reading Vanity or Vapor, Pt. 2 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #4)

Vanity or Vapor, Pt. 1 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #3)

It is impossible to discuss the book of Ecclesiastes without discussing the word “hebel” (הֶבֶל), a word that shapes the backbone of nearly every theme in the book. The word literally means “vapor” or “breath”, but in our English translations the word is often translated “vanity” or “futility” to give it some poetic flourish. Both … Continue reading Vanity or Vapor, Pt. 1 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #3)

The Word “Ecclesiastes” (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #1)

Few books of the Bible are more difficult to deal with than Ecclesiastes. Sandwiched in between the beloved Proverbs and Song of Solomon (equally beloved for different reasons), Ecclesiastes has the poetic eloquence of both of those books with little of their life-giving positivity. While it’s not quite correct to say that Ecclesiastes is completely … Continue reading The Word “Ecclesiastes” (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #1)

In Repeated Praise of “Rise Radiant” by Caligula’s Horse (2020 Album of the Year)

“You, you were leading us into autumn, ever forward.” When Caligula’s Horse released Rise Radiant at the end of May, only the Lord knew how the chorus of the album’s gorgeous penultimate track would become a prayer of hopeful anticipation and later a psalm of praise as those prayers were answered just two months later. … Continue reading In Repeated Praise of “Rise Radiant” by Caligula’s Horse (2020 Album of the Year)

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