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Bibil Identifier bibil:219805
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Reevaluation of the Kesil's Image in the Book of Qohelet
Author Pinker, Aron
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 25, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 49-74 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Qohelet revels in describing the oppositeness of the wise (חכם) and fool (כסיל), urging the young to make a choice between these opposites. How should this advice be understood? Obviously, the derogatory terms כְּסִיל, סָכָל ,כֶּסֶל ,כְּסִילִים and סֶכֶל = סִכְלוּת, used in the Book of Qohelet with reference to a person acting unlike a חכם , cannot refer to mental deficiency, which is irreversible. It is suggested that a useful approach would be to understand the
broad notions of “foolishness” and “wisdom” in the narrower confines of “trial-and-error problem-solving” on the one hand, versus “insight-and-theory problem-solving” on the other. All the juxtapositions of “foolishness” and “wisdom” in the Book of Qohelet can be cogently understood assuming that the חכם is a “contemplator, meditatist” and the כסיל is an “operator, activist. ”
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2011.568209
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
Terms כְּסִיל כסיל
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