Scott C. Jones

I Introduction Ecclesiastes is a book about values, and one of Qohelet’s 1 primary tasks is to give an account of the plusses and minuses of life under the sun. R. Alter notes the sage’s “frequent invocation of terms drawn from bookkeeping”, 2 and S. Weeks calls him “a businessman, who

Nili Samet

From its very beginning, the critical research of the Book of Qohelet has had to deal with the contradiction between the subversive ideas of vanity which characterize Qohelet’s thought, and several pious or conservative statements which are scattered throughout the book. In some cases, such

Reanimating Qohelet’s Contradictory Voices

Studies of Open-Ended Discourse on Wisdom in Ecclesiastes


Jimyung Kim

Ecclesiastes, also known as Qohelet, is a fascinating text filled with intriguing contradictions, such as wisdom’s beneficial consequences, God’s justice, and wisdom’s superiority over pleasure. Under the paradigm of modernism, the contradictions in the book have been regarded as problems to be harmonized or explained away. In Reanimating Qohelet’s Contradictory Voices, Jimyung Kim, drawing on Mikhail Bakhtin’s insights, offers an alternative reading that embraces the contradictions as they stand. For Kim, Qohelet’s or the protagonist’s contradictory consciousness is dialogically constructed by his contact with a complex web of discourses. Instead of harmonizing them or explaining them away, Kim identifies various dialogic voices available to Qohelet and demonstrates how those voices constitute Qohelet’s contradictory utterances and construct his unfinalizable identity.

Stones of Contention?!

A Critical Evaluation of the Erotic Interpretation of Qoh 3:5a

Hans Debel

Familiar biblical texts are not always easily understood. A case in point is Qohelet’s so-called ‘Catalogue of Times’ in Qoh 3:1-8, which may be considered one of the book’s best known texts—if not the best known tout court— among the public at large, 1 but has also generated considerable

Schwienhorst-Schönberger , Ludger

[German Version] The traditional English title of Qohelet, Ecclesiastes (sometimes followed by or, the Preacher, echoing Luther’s Ger. title Prediger), is simply borrowed (via Lat.) from the Greek title of the book in the Septuagint. Luther’s Prediger was his translation of the (artificial) Hebrew

Carolyn Sharp

ironic representation, authorial voice, and meaning 37 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2004 Biblical Interpretation 12, 1 Also available online – IRONIC REPRESENTATION, AUTHORIAL VOICE, AND MEANING IN QOHELET CAROLYN J. SHARP Yale University Divinity School The book of Qohelet

Benjamin Lyle Berger

qohelet and the exigencies of the absurd 141 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2001 Biblical Interpretation 9, 2 QOHELET AND THE EXIGENCIES OF THE ABSURD BENJAMIN LYLE BERGER University of Victoria Introduction The book of Qohelet sets up a horizon of thought, a landscape of poetry, that is

15.1 Textual History of Qohelet15.2 Ancient Hebrew Texts...

Jacobs, Martin

[German Version] is an exegetical midrash on Qohelet. The first printed edition (1519) divided it into three major sections (sedarim); later editions have 12 chapters, corresponding to the chapters of the biblical book. It begins with an anonymous proem (peticha; preaching: VII) on a verse from the

Wisdom and Torah

The Reception of ‘Torah’ in the Wisdom Literature of the Second Temple Period


Edited by Bernd Schipper and D. Andrew Teeter

A proper assessment of the manifold relationships that obtain between “wisdom” and “Torah” in the Second Temple Period has fascinated generations of interpreters. The essays of the present collection seek to understand this key relationship by focusing attention on specific instances of the reception of “Torah” in Wisdom literature and the shaping of Torah by wisdom. Taking the concepts of wisdom and torah in the various literary strata of the book of Deuteronomy as a point of departure, the remainder of the book examines the relationship between wisdom and Torah in Wisdom literature of the Second Temple period, including Proverbs, Qohelet, Ps 19 and 119, Baruch, Ben Sira, Wisdom, sapiential and rewritten scriptural texts from Qumran, and the Wisdom of Solomon.