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Bibil Identifier bibil:220039
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Ancient Israelite Perspectives on the Meaning of Life
Author Gericke, Jaco W.
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 24, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 363-376 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Old Testament theologians have discussed a myriad of topics related to ancient Israelite religion. Yet the one question that haunts everyone who grapples with the world in the text is usually never asked, i.e., what is the meaning of life? In this article I attempt to answer it historically by looking at ancient Israelite perspectives on the meaning of life. After some remarks about the place and meaning of the question in contemporary philosophy, an introductory discussion on the biblical assumptions related to the matter is offered to inspire further research. The focus of the inquiry is moreover not only on Yahwistic assumptions about the meaning of human life but covers all forms of existence acknowledged by the Old Testament authors. The presentation closes with the suggestion that this topic can become the new "centre" for post-realist axiologies of the Old Testament.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Life
Pericopes Genesis 1,26-1,27
Genesis 2,5
Psalms 90,10
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