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Bibil Identifier bibil:225832
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Story of Israel in the Book of Qohelet
Title (English, ) Ecclesiastes as Cultural Memory
Author Barbour, Jennie
Series Oxford Theological Monographs
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 90634
Place 224.43.08
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 978-0-19-965782-7
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xv Pages
225 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract This book is a study of the making of collective memory within early Judaism in a seminal text of the Western canon. The book of Ecclesiastes and its speaker Qohelet are famous for saying that there is nothing new under the sun, and in the literary tradition of the modern West that has been taken as the motto of a book that is universal in scope, Greek in its patterns of thought, and floating free from the particularism and historical concerns of the rest of the Bible. Jennie Barbour argues that reading the book as a general compendium in this way causes the reader to miss a strong undercurrent in the text. While Ecclesiastes says nothing about the great founding events of Israel’s story, it is haunted by the decline and fall of the nation and the Babylonian exile, as the trauma of the loss of the kingdom of Solomon persists through a spectrum of intertextual relationships. The view of Qohelet from the throne in Jerusalem takes in the whole sweep of Israel’s remembered historical experiences; Ecclesiastes is revealed as not simply as a piece of marketplace philosophy, but as a learned essay in processing a community’s memory, with strong ties to the rest of Jewish and Christian scripture.
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657827.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Memory
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : History
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Exile
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Monarchy
Pericopes Ecclesiastes 1,4-1,11
Ecclesiastes 3,1-3,15
Ecclesiastes 4,13-5,6
Ecclesiastes 5,12-5,16
Ecclesiastes 6,1-6,6
Ecclesiastes 9,11-9,18
Ecclesiastes 11,1-12,8
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