Vanity of vanities', says the Preacher, 'Vanity of vanities! All is vanity'.
Is that what life is? A wisp of vapour, a puff of wind, a mere breath – nothing you can get your hands on – the nearest thing to zero? So says the Preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes. But is this the whole message of Ecclesiastes?
Derek Kidner's love of Hebrew poetry and his understanding of the biblical mind shine through in his careful passage-by-passage exposition.