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Bibil Identifier bibil:232480
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Aspects of Demeanour in Qohelet 8:1
Author Pinker, Aron
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 26, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 401-424 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract A novel approach is being suggested for the interpretation of Qoh 8:1, which views Qoh 8:1-3a as dealing with a person's demeanour. In particular, it is shown that these verses provide advice regarding one's facial and oral expression when in an audience with a high ranking official. Qohelet 8:1-3a consists of four parallel lines anchored on the two keywords: פניס and דבר. Recognition of the underlying structure of 8:1-3a, and similarities with Elephantine Ahiqar and Sir 13:26, points to some minor scribal errors. Correction of these errors restores the contextual sense of the verse. In particular, it is being suggested that in 8:1 the impossible דָּבָר פֶּשֶר should be emended to read שֶפֶר דַּבֵּר "speak well," and the two rhetorical questions in 1a refer to facial and oral expression. A parallel line is obtained in 1b, if instead of פָּנָיו one reads פִּ[י]מוֺ or פִּיו "his mouth," assuming the ligature ני = מ or an extra נ, respectively. The proposed interpretation suggests that the population of Yehud had considerable access to higher officialdom during the Ptolemaic period, making the advice in 8:1 rather useful.
Pericopes Ecclesiastes 8,1
Terms דָּבַר דבר
פָּנִים פנים
פֶּה פה
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