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Nothing New Under the Sun: A Blunt Paraphrase of Ecclesiastes #2020

Nothing New Under the Sun A Blunt Paraphrase of Ecclesiastes You won t like this book Ecclesiastes is gloomy skeptical and irreverent It is caustic and drolly splenetic It is unapologetically human It refuses to abet our hunger for clean narratives and happy

  • Title: Nothing New Under the Sun: A Blunt Paraphrase of Ecclesiastes
  • Author: Adam S. Miller
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  • Page: 186
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Nothing New Under the Sun: A Blunt Paraphrase of Ecclesiastes By Adam S. Miller, You won t like this book Ecclesiastes is gloomy, skeptical, and irreverent It is caustic and drolly splenetic It is unapologetically human It refuses to abet our hunger for clean narratives and happy endings It is a hopeless book Insisting on life s futility, the world s capriciousness, and God s inscrutability, it deliberately cultivates despair It sees such bone You won t like this book Ecclesiastes is gloomy, skeptical, and irreverent It is caustic and drolly splenetic It is unapologetically human It refuses to abet our hunger for clean narratives and happy endings It is a hopeless book Insisting on life s futility, the world s capriciousness, and God s inscrutability, it deliberately cultivates despair It sees such bone deep hopelessness as the only cure for what ails us Ecclesiastes is a hard book full of hard sayings It is an anvil against which our hearts must be hammered No wonder we avoid it But the cost of avoidance is high As Paul insists, in order to become Christian, we must first learn to be hopeless Hopelessness is the door to Zion Hopelessness is crucial to a consecrated life Before we can find hope in Christ, we must give up hope in everything else In Nothing New Under the Sun, Adam S Miller provides a sharp, contemporary paraphrase of Ecclesiastes, continuing to work in the same vein as the popular Grace is Not God s Backup Plan An Urgent Paraphrase of Paul s Letter to the Romans 2015.

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    1. Surrender Let go.Everything is on fire Adam S Miller, Nothing New Under the SunPart of my Sunday, pew reading diversion I ve used this space to read big books Burton s The Anatomy of Melancholy and regular books Peck s Science the Key to Theology Volume One Preliminaries Miller s little books are just about the right size to be read if not fully digested in an hour or two, quietly sitting on a pew.This book, essentially, is a paraphrase modernization interpretation of Ecclesiastes I m a big fan [...]

    2. Takes under an hour to read but a lifetime to reconcile with This book will kind of freak you out and make you feel bad about the futility of your life Five stars Because the hopelessness it calls you to accept can open a pathway to recognize grace Or so I m told I think it s also just cathartic to read such a Debbie Downer voice in scripture.

    3. This is a lovely rendition of Ecclesiastes for the modern reader, though I do wonder if lovely should be associated with such bleakness Ecclesiastes is the scripture, perhaps the only scripture in the Christian Canon, that illustrates feelings of despair and futility that life breathes Some call it cynical, others consider it reality Here is a description of Ecclesiastes as Existential Realism that I find quite fitting Existential is used to describe man s interaction with a world which feels fo [...]

    4. For a section of the Bible that can be a bit of a downer, Miller has placed a modern spin to highlight the importance Ecclesiastes brings to humanity While it might leave the reader in a state of hopelessness, through this unique paraphrasing, it also brings hope Miller has a wonderful way of making something seemingly accessible to the reader without dumbing it down It s worth the hour to read and the hours upon hours of deep thought it brings about later.

    5. A kick in the pants that you just keep feeling This is one of those rare, bracing books that can make deep adjustments to the way you live life by undermining and reconfiguring the way you think about life I should be saying these things about Ecclesiastes, but to be frank, I needed the paraphrase Adam Miller is a quiet and uncompromising genius.

    6. When I read old scripture, it feels like just that old scripture Ancient, outmoded, and outdated in its syntax and metaphor and analogy, misunderstood except for those with training in Ancient Near Eastern studies or some equivalent degree How grateful I was to Adam Miller He took Ecclesiastes and rewrote the message in today s language It is a paraphrase structurally true to the original text, but differing when another metaphor is relevant or a phrase relevant to the meaning that the Preache [...]

    7. Ecclesiastes is my favorite Old Testament book Everything is vanity There s nothing new under the sun Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die Life can be bleak, horribly unfair, and short.Written for an era of tumult in which the spoils of society were not being equally divided, The Preacher has a message for us today.I m not really a pessimist, nor a nihilist, but it s refreshing to see that perspective presented in scripture Adam Miller s paraphrase helps draw the out the contradictions [...]

    8. Adam Miller has taken a book I ve long neglected and made it relevant to my daily life in the twenty first century The admixture of despair, or seemingly surrender, and common sense mantra make the book one I will reread for many years to come, especially when I am tempted to be complacent.

    9. Great stuff It is an easy and fascinating read When compared to real translations you can see how Miller got to his version I found it useful to read a chapter of Miller and then read the same chapter in the NRSV

    10. I never imagined that a book as hopeless as Ecclesiastes could provide me with such a deep hope But this hope was only possible by breaking down my false hopes and allowing something truly beautiful to emerge Once again, well done, Adam.

    11. I remember reading Ecclesiastes in high school, and being utterly baffled how is this scripture It seems the opposite of what the gospel message was Vanity, vanity, all is vanity Everything is useless Nothing I do matters I can t have hope It even seems to deny an afterlife completely I just couldn t work out what the meaning was supposed to be.And yes, if you approach Ecclesiastes with the read scriptures pray inspirational quotes cute memes approach, you aren t going to find it here It took me [...]

    12. Once again Mr Miller has taken scripture and used his talents to make it understandable without dumbing it down In fact, Miller requires us to think even deeply This short book has put the Preacher in context and shown its place in relation to the good news Thank heavens I can now think of Ecclesiastes as something than a great song by The Byrds.

    13. A brilliant take on Ecclesiastes Having highly enjoyed Adam Miller s paraphrase and commentary on the book of Romans, I was excited to read this book I wasn t disappointed The author did an excellent job of detailing the philosophical and spiritual importance of this book to people of faith I have a deeper understanding and appreciation of Ecclesiastes because of this book.

    14. This short but delightful book is much in the vein of Adam Miller s Grace Is Not God s Backup Plan, like his previous paraphrase of Paul s letter to the Romans, this time he provides a modern rendering of Ecclesiastes What follows is a paraphrase, not a translation Be aware that, throughout, I am actively interpreting the text I frequently smooth out rough transitions and I don t hesitate to substitute modern analogies for ancient ones I care about producing a clear and forceful English renderi [...]

    15. I didn t enjoy this book as much as his Romans book, hence the 4 stars In his book Letter to a Young Mormon he says that we should translate these books, word by word, line by line, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, God wants the whole thing translated once , and this time he wants it translated in your native tongue, inflected by your native concerns, and written by your native flesh I enjoyed reading his personal translation of Ecclesiastes I m not very familiar with the original, beyond the [...]

    16. The book s strangeness is a strengthTranslating this ancient book into modern language has a jolting feel, not only because the book itself is jolting but also because it comes from an era that lived much closer to the natural world Miller s incorporation of eastern religious ideas and sensibilities helps this translation to modern language and experiences at the same time that it seems to distance Ecclesiastes from how we have coke to expect Christian scripture to read This seeming distance fro [...]

    17. Very interesting approach to the book of Ecclesiastes The weight of the text was conveyed marvelously by this paraphrase rather than a pure translation Not quite as intense an impact as Grace Is Not God s Backup Plan An Urgent Paraphrase of Paul s Letter to the Romans, but very good nonetheless.

    18. I ve had trouble understanding many of the things said in Ecclesiastes Miller s view that Ecclesiastes statements of hopelessness should be read as the flip side of God s grace, particularly as expressed in Paul s letter to the Romans, has helped me give those statements better theological if not historical context.

    19. A supremely readable, direct infusion of Ecclesiastes that does a great deal of work, theological and philosophical But its greatest contribution is the furthering of Miller s general project making the study and understanding of important theological ideas perfectly ordinary.Read it And also Grace is Not God s Backup Plan, to which this is a companion volume.

    20. A great book from a great thinker Hopeless, yet hoping, I find myself truly relating to the dilemmas of the writer of Ecclesiastes through the loose translation of Adam Miller I will be returning to this book regularly.

    21. You are not special Everything is on fire Surrender The idea is that hope in Christ grows out of the bleak soil of loosing hope in everything else.

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