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Bibil Identifier bibil:226763
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Riddle of Qohelet and Qohelet the Riddler
Author Ingram, Doug
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 485-509 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article builds on the author's contention, expressed elsewhere, that Ecclesiastes is fundamentally ambiguous by design. This is done by examining the seven occurrences of the name ‘Qohelet’ or the title ‘the qohelet’ in the book. The article argues that ambiguity is a ‘deliberate didactic device’, employed by Qohelet, the teacher, to provoke his students to grapple with the meaning of his words, and to apply the strategies developed in relation to the ambiguities (including the riddles) of his words to the ambiguities of life in the world beyond the text. However, Qohelet is a character in the book and the author not only portrays him as a teacher who uses riddle and ambiguity, but also presents Qohelet himself as a riddle to be solved.
DOI 10.1177/0309089213483978
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Riddle
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Teaching
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