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Bibil Identifier bibil:204109
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Being as Breath, Vapor as Joy
Title (English, ) Using Martin Heidegger to Re-read the Book of Ecclesiastes
Author Shuster, Martin
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 33, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 219-244 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article is a philosophical re-examination of Ecclesiastes using the work of Martin Heidegger, particularly his early work in Being and Time. Heidegger's focus on death, temporality, and history provides a powerful and compelling framework for understanding these same themes in Ecclesiastes. In elaborating these philosophical motifs and correspondences, this article proposes that הבל should be understood as an analog to Heidegger's concept of Geschichtlichkeit (historicity). If הבל is understood as such, then most of the traditionally puzzling terms in Ecclesiastes (e.g. שמחה, עמל, העלם) can be made sense of using the aforementioned philosophical framework. This framework additionally shows that Ecclesiastes (like Being and Time) cannot be understood as a proto-existentialist text.
DOI 10.1177/0309089208099257
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 20th century : Heidegger, Martin
Terms חבל חבל
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