She sees Plath as "a godless version of Ecclesiastes' Preacher."
In Ecclesiastes 1:5 we read “The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.”
The Book of Ecclesiastes says it most clearly: there is a time to mourn and a time to rejoice.
Lieberman, 68, plans to quote a passage from Ecclesiastes, popularized by a Byrds song: “To everything there is a season…”
The same surprise sweeps over the mind in reading Ecclesiastes.
We hear its voice in "Ecclesiastes," and the wisdom of "Solomon the King" is full of it.
I have been laughed at for narrating this, but the noise of crickets at a death is spoken of in Ecclesiastes xii.
There is nothing in Ecclesiastes like the misgivings of a noble nature.
The most satisfactory order seems therefore to be: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes.
And when you have finished her, you might read me something out of Ecclesiastes.
c.1300, name given to one of the Old Testament books, traditionally ascribed to Solomon, from Greek ekklesiastes (see ecclesiastic), to render Hebrew qoheleth "one who addresses an assembly," from qahal "assembly." The title is technically the designation of the speaker, but that word throughout is usually rendered into English as "The Preacher" (which Klein calls "erroneous").
A book in the Old Testament containing the reflections of a philosopher known as “the Preacher.” “Vanity of vanity saith the Preacher, ... all is vanity,” where the word “vanity” indicates that striving is in vain, because death comes to all, and “there is no new thing under the sun.” He believes that our character and achievements do not affect our fate. “The race is not to the swift nor to the strong.” He concludes that one should enjoy the good things found in life until death brings oblivion. The argument and tone of this book are very unlike those of the other books of the Bible. (See nothing new under the sun, A time to be born and a time to die, and Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.)