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Bibil Identifier bibil:229910
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Positive Psychology and Ancient Israelite Wisdom
Author Newsom, Carol A.
Edited book The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 117-135 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This chapter considers Israelite Wisdom literature via the lens of Positive Psychology. She finds the book of Proverbs to present a eudaimonic vision of happiness, in no small part because the book is predicated on the belief that the world is well ordered and that that order can be understood by human minds. The book of Qoheleth presents a very different perspective. Here the existence of any cosmic order is seriously questioned, and, even if it exists, the book challenges whether human minds can ever know of it. This leads to Qoheleth’s embrace of a kind of hedonic joy. Without the crucial role played by healthy institutions and social structures, people in Qoheleth’s position may be tempted toward a hedonism of despair that is ultimately nihilistic and self-destructive. So, while both hedonia and eudaimonia are elements of the happy life, it is crucial that both dimensions of happiness are realized within a larger, encompassing eudaimonic framework.
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0005
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Good fortune
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Psychology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Wisdom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Proverbs
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
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