What does the celebration of toil (work, labor) entail for people who are suffering from the havoc of climate change and the pain of climate injustice? and for people whose homeland is under occupation? This paper offers a reading of Ecclesiastes 3:9–13 in response to Genesis 2–3 and in the interest of West Papua, located at the meeting point of the Asia-Pasifika, and of Kiribati and Tuvalu, which were at the frontline of the war between Japan and the USA. Focusing on the question ‘What gain have the workers from their toil?’ (Eccl 3:9), and the two-part answer that Koheleth proposed to his question, i conclude that the question offers more hope than the answer.
|Title of host publication||Reading Ecclesiastes from Asia and Pasifika|
|Editors||Jione Havea, Peter H. W. Lau|
|Place of Publication||Atlanta|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||International Voices in Biblical Studies|