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Bibil Identifier bibil:214744
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A New Interpretation of Qohelet 10:10
Author Pinker, Aron
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 24, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 173-191 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract We offer a new interpretation of Qoh 10:10, which is based on the view that the unit consisting of vv. 10-11 is an expansion of the original proverb אם־קהה הברזל אין יתרון לבעל הלשון, "If a blade became blunt, then the owner of the blade (הלשון) has no advantage." The rest of the unit is an elaboration of the idea that a blunted tool offers no advantage to its owner. We suggest that Qoh 10:10 consists of a rhetorical question (10:10a), and an answer which advises proper training for a battle-axe user (10:10b). Qohelet exploits the example of a battle-axe user to bring home the idea that honing wisdom skills would keep them useful. The hallmark of Wisdom is sharpness of thought encapsulated in few words, as is the ease of using effectively a sharp axe. This advantage is lost when the tool becomes blunted, and can he maintained by training and exercise.
Pericopes Ecclesiastes 10,10
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