Translator’s Handbook – Ecclesiastes

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What then is the real message of Ecclesiastes? To decide this issue we must look to the text itself. Despite the lack of a tightly organized structure or progression of ideas, there is an amazing number of repeated expressions and refrains that characterize this book. Among the most important are: — the word ”vanity” (hevel) and the longer ”vanity” refrain ”vanity of vanities” (hevel hevalim); this key word occurs 38 times. — the ”calls to enjoyment” (2.24; 3.12, 22; 5.18; 8.15; 9.7-10): ”There is nothing better for a man than …

T.S. Elliot: FOUR QUARTETS and chasing the wind

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T.S. Elliot presents a ride in the London subway as an emblem of the modern condition: Strained, time-ridden faces Distracted from distraction by distraction Filled with fancies and empty of meaning Tumid apathy with no concentration Men and bits of paper, whirled in the cold wind “What Eliot is saying, according to Howard, “has something to do with the odd business of being mortal … existing here and in time, when all the while we are profoundly dissatisfied with this dismal sequence of past, present, and future … that … …