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Bibil Identifier bibil:212263
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Scepticism and Ironic Correlations in the Joy Statements of Qoheleth?
Author Anderson, William H.U.
Series Gorgias Dissertations (Volume: 44)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 67529
Place 224.43.08
Publishing house Gorgias Press
Place Piscataway
ISBN 978-1-60724-322-9
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xviii Pages
193 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Scepticism and Ironic Correlations in the Joy Statements of Qoheleth? is a response to the popular counter-reading of Ecclesiastes in the 1980s and 90s as a book of “joy” (rather than a very pessimistic and depressing book). It examines the seven “joy statements” of Qoheleth in great detail: linguistically, form critically, in immediate and overall context, and in the light of analogies with scepticism and the literary form of irony. Irony, like scepticism, has the function to induce doubt and questions. While the reading of the joy statements of Qoheleth appear indeterminate in Anderson’s book, they are likely analogous to expressions of complex irony (aka Socratic Irony —whereby what is said is both meant and not meant. This close examination of the “joy statement” of Qoheleth highlights the conceptual and literary complexity of the biblical book—while demonstrating just how unlikely the “joy reading” may well be. Consequently Qoheleth still leaves the reader guessing about the meaning of life.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Joy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Diachronic Methods : Form Criticism
Pericopes Ecclesiastes 2,24-2,25
Ecclesiastes 3,12-3,13
Ecclesiastes 3,22
Ecclesiastes 5,17-5,19
Ecclesiastes 8,15
Ecclesiastes 9,1-9,12
Ecclesiastes 11,8-11,9
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