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What does the word "Koheles" mean and why is Shlomo called that?

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How do you know Koheles=Shlomo? –  Double AA Jul 12 '13 at 7:21
Maybe it's the other "son of David, King of Jerusalem"? (</sarcasm>) –  Michael Kopinsky Jul 12 '13 at 17:26

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The first Rashi on koheles explains that Koheles means to gather like the word קהל. He also mentions that Koheles means that he gathered (אגר) all wisdom and threw it up (vomited it). Another explanation is that he spoke in a assembly format.

Rashi text:

‏"קוהלת" - על שם שקיהל חכמות הרבה וכן במקום אחר קוראו (משלי ל) "אגור בן יקא" - שאגר כל החכמה והקיאה. וי״א שהיה אומר כל דבריו בהקהל.‏

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