There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for July, 2006

APB on the definitions of “hevel”:

did anyone happen to write down everyone’s suggested definitions of “hevel”? I’d like to refer to your astute (and sometimes “enigmatic“) renditions–lest they become but “ephemeral” contributions to our potentially “pointless” discussion.

You all came up with them. Not me.

Preacher, don’t hold back

The Preacher cuts right to the chase, does he not? (1:1-11)

Vanity of vanities, all is vanity…

Part of our task Sunday will be to get a handle on what he means by “hevel” the Hebrew word translated as vanity in the ESV (with a nod to the KJV) and meaningless in the NIV (and other translations). And then we’ll have to flesh out on what basis he makes that sweeping claim….he appeals to several sources

and then, if his claim is valid and his evidence substantive, then what are you and I to make of it? How then do we take the preacher’s notion that this life, as it is, is meaningless?

so, some get-you-thinking questions:

if you had to substantiate the Preacher’s claim that all is meaningless, what evidence would you put forth?

of what value is there to considering the brevity of your life (as one nuance ‘of meaningless’)?

“there’s nothing new under the sun”: agree or disagree?

thoughts anyone?