Qohelet is a Hebrew word meaning “one who gathers” or “one who speaks to whose who gather.” It’s the pen name of the author of Ecclesiastes, a book named by the Greek word of the same meaning. It might just be the most underrated book in the Bible, though that’s a tough one to call.

This blog is a space for me to reflect on the times and seasons that Qohelet laid out so well in his third chapter.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. (NIV)

Qohelet also had a lot to say about the absurdity of life, the value of work and love, and the importance of a good meal and a drink. He also mentioned God now and then, though not as often as you might think for a book of the Bible.

If you haven’t read Ecclesiastes yet, it’ll be some of the best twenty minutes you’ve spent.

Times & Seasons is written by Chance Hunter. Chance is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology and lives in Oklahoma City.

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1 Norm Horofker March 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hey Chance. I will be following you!

Keep up the good work and congratulations on the article in UU World.



2 Keith Hayes March 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Hi Chance. I like this post, but what drew me to your blog was your article in UU World. I have recently had some revelations about karma and grace in my house – regarding one of my two cats, of all things. We learn in strange ways, don’t we. Your article is great. Very insightful and very well written. As a recently converted Southerner (Yankee by birth; living in NC since 1994), I really delighted in the southern perspective on things. Right on!


3 Dan April 23, 2011 at 1:45 am

Hey, good to see your new blog!


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