Ecclesiastes, Biblical Studies, Ancient Religion, Bible
Influenced by the Restoration doctrine of premortality, some Latter-day Saints have employed the KJV translation “the spirit” in Ecclesiastes 12:7 to support the doctrine that spirit personages leave their mortal bodies at death. Furthermore, Latter-day Saints have sometimes asserted, again citing Ecclesiastes 12:7, that a premortal spirit being can only “return” to God because it previously came from him. This verse has thus become one of several in the Old Testament that some Latter-day Saints have employed as support for premortal existence, a doctrine that is so important in the broader plan of salvation.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Pike, Dana M., "The “Spirit” That Returns to God in Ecclesiastes 12:7" (2016). Faculty Publications. 3699.
Reflections on Study and Faith, Essays in Honor of Robert. L. Millet