This book contains interpretations of Ecclesiastes by authors from Asia and Pasifika. Essays engage oral traditions, customs, and written texts not usually encountered in biblical scholarship. Topics of wisdom, gender, justice, vanity, bitterness, life, death, labor, exile, pain, and philosophy invite readers to reconsider their own interpretations.
Jione Havea is a native pastor (Methodist Church in Tonga) and research fellow with Trinity Theological College (Aotearoa New Zealand) and with Charles Sturt University’s Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre in Australia. He is the author of Jonah: An Earth Bible Commentary (2020) and the editor of Vulnerability and Resilience: Body and Liberating Theologies (2020) and Sea of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific (2018).
Peter H. W. Lau is an honorary research associate at the University of Sydney and a visiting lecturer at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. He taught at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia 2010–2018. He is the coauthor of Unceasing Kindness: A Biblical Theology of Ruth (with Greg Goswell, 2016), author of Esther in the Asia Bible Commentary series (2018), and coeditor of Reading Ruth in Asia (with Jione Havea).