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Are there anti-Orthodox views in Ecclesiastes?

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Kohelet, Ecclesiastes in Greek and now English, is read during the holiday of Sukkot. We do not know why this book was chosen from among the books of the Bible called The Writings. A popular explanation is that Sukkot is a happy holiday and Ecclesiastes is read to add a calming, some sobriety. The following is my review of The Anchor Bible commentary of the book.

The Anchor Bible series, currently called The Anchor Yale Bible Series, is considered one of the best, it not the best, non-sectarian series of commentaries on the Bible and apocrypha. The series began in 1956 and today involves over 1,000 scholars of all religions. The books focus on past and recent scholarship from all respectful sources. More than 1200 volumes have been published and over 300,000 have been sold.

Ecclesiastes is a controversial book. It has radical ideas that many consider contrary to today’s Orthodox Judaism. It contains verses that seem to contradict other verses.[1] The opening two verses and at least half of the final twelfth chapter were added to the book by an editor apparently with an attempt to make it fit better with his theology. He added that we must observe the divine commands and piously ascribes the book by an unknown sage to the wise King Solomon.

Many ancients tried to discard the book. At the outset of the common-era the prestigious school of Shammai voted to exclude the book from the Hebrew Cannon, but the more widely accepted school of Hillel voted to retain it, and won the........

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