• The Wisdom of King Solomon

  • A Contemporary Exploration of Ecclesiastes and the Meaning of Life
  • By: Haim Shapira
  • Narrated by: Richard Lyddon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Discover the secret to a meaningful and fulfilled life through the ancient wisdom of King Solomon.

Full of famous and resonant verses, King Solomon's book advises us to avoid seeking happiness in worldly things and focus instead on eternal truths: ''Vanity of vanities, all is vanity''; ''A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance''; ''I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.''

The work poses many vital questions: Is life nonsense and suffering or bliss? Is there any meaning to our actions under the sun? What will happen at the end? Is there any advantage to wisdom? Why can't a just government be established? What is the relationship between happiness and wealth?

Haim Shapira's rich and rigorously informed analysis also reveals how King Solomon's wisdom has cascaded down the ages, influencing the work of Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Maimonides, Szymborska, Kierkegaard, Camus, Weil, and many other writers and thinkers whose vision has shaped the modern world.

If you want advice about living a better life (and to learn about the meaning of life), would it not be wise to receive it from King Solomon - the wisest man of all time?

©2018 Haim Shapira (P)2020 Watkins Publishing

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This book really made me think...

I ended up loving this book on long walks and this book seems to address questions I've had my entire life. There is so much that we don't know, so much to know but life is what you see it as'