By Richard Alan Jr. Fuhr
The main to a balanced and exact realizing of the e-book of Ecclesiastes lies within the inter-dependent relationships among the favourite motifs in the booklet. An research of the Inter-Dependency of the well-known Motifs in the e-book of Qohelet explores this dynamic. the ultimate end result of such an technique is a wisdom-based paradigm for dwelling «under the sun», a sensible man’s method of residing in a fallen global. Qohelet’s conclusions are two-fold and balanced. First, in gentle of the truth that lifestyles is fleeting, demise is inevitable, and one’s destiny lies outdoor of the area of human regulate, the clever will take pleasure in existence as a present from God, spotting that pleasure is finally a accountability and a mandate put upon them. moment, in mild of the truth that existence is fleeting, dying is inevitable, and God’s enigmatic methods on the earth are absolute to be via an equitable destiny judgment, the clever will worry God and retain his commandments. hence, the clever individual will get pleasure from existence yet now not take pleasure in sin, dwelling on a daily basis to its fullest yet in sobriety, figuring out that for all our activities there's a coming judgment. this can be the knowledge of Ecclesiastes.
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87 In other words, Solomon very well could be the speaker, Qohelet, even if he is not the anonymous author responsible for the literary arrangement of Qohelet’s words and the theological reflection upon them. In this authorial scheme, the so called “epilogist” is not a latter redactor to Qohelet’s words, but rather, he is the author of the text, one who finds his own views to be compatible with those of the speaker Qohelet, and yet at the same time one who is distinct in person from Qohelet. This does not absolve the difficulties of working with the text, but it does explain the use of first and third person within the text, the existence of a prologue and epilogue in the text, and the sense of distinct “voices” of reflection apparent within the flow of thought throughout the book.
Fredericks, “lbh,” NIDOTTE, 1003–005. ”13 A Survey of the Use of lbh in the Old Testament In an abridged survey of the various ways in which the Old Testament uses the word lbh, the breadth of the word’s semantic range becomes quite obvious. For instance, the psalmist uses the word with the obvious connotation of “transience” in Ps 144:4 and Ps 39:4, 5, 11: Psalm 144:4 (NIV) Man is like a breath (lbh); his days are like a fleeting shadow. Psalm 39:4–5 (NIV) Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.
87 The phrase “Solomonic guise” is that of E. S. Christianson, A Time to Tell: Narrative Strategies in Ecclesiastes, JSOT 280 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), 128–72. 88 With this view of authorship, I have no problem allowing for the option of identifying the historical Qohelet with the historical Solomon (contra Provan). 89 Although scholarship has been for many years consumed by questions of introduction and the desire to recreate the person and event behind the words of the text, in the end the person of Qohelet takes second stage to the words of Qohelet.
An Analysis of the Inter-Dependency of the Prominent Motifs Within the Book of Qohelet by Richard Alan Jr. Fuhr