Jan 16, 2023
Rev. Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford is Emerita Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Mercer University. She is the Old Testament editor for the Word Biblical Commentary Series, and she has published, Psalms, Books 4–5 (Volume 22) (Wisdom Commentary Series), among other things. Today’s topic: The KJV’s translation of the Hebrew phrase behind Ecclesiastes 1:2 was “vanity of vanities,” a wording that derived from Jerome’s much earlier Latin translation, and it’s a wording that has stuck. But what is the actual idea and how else can it be translated?