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Bibil Identifier bibil:204276
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Divine Violence in the Book of Qoheleth
Author Mazzinghi, Luca
Journal Biblica (Volume: 90, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 545-558 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the face of violence, Qoheleth’s answer: “There is no one to console them” (Qoh 4,1) seems to be a hostile allusion aimed at God (cf. Isa 40,1) who is considered responsible for that violence. Yet Qoheleth’s God is not an abstract and remote deity; Qoheleth’s criticism is directed rather at the God of retribution (cf. Qoh 9,1-3). By stressing divine transcendence, Qoheleth considers that God is beyond all human comprehension (cf. 8,16-17). In Qoheleth one cannot speak of divine violence, but there is the problem of human language about God. Man can only “fear God” and accept the joy that God grants him as a gift in his fleeting life.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Violence - Non-violence
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Fear of God
Pericopes Ecclesiastes 4,1
Isaiah 40,1
Ecclesiastes 8,16-8,17
Ecclesiastes 9,1-9,3
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