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Bibil Identifier bibil:239387
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Time in the Book of Ecclesiastes
Author Bundvad, Mette
Series Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 21719
Place 224.43.08
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place London
ISBN 978-0-19-873970-8
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages x Pages
209 Pages
height in cm 22
Genre Original
Abstract Uniquely within a Hebrew Bible context, the book of Qohelet engages at length with the theme of time, explicitly exploring the temporal situation of humanity. This book offers a detailed analysis of that exploration. It is argued that the narrator of Ecclesiastes, Qohelet, does not depict the temporal processes of the world as a neutral reality. Rather, he describes the temporal order as highly problematic for human attempts to fashion a meaningful existence. This is especially due to the irresolvable tensions that he perceives between the cosmic, temporal reality and the human experience of time. The former is something ongoing, repetitive, and continuous. Conversely, the individual human being’s life is limited in time, with no real connection to either past or future. Mirroring the interest in Qohelet for both, this study discusses the biblical book’s presentation of both the cosmic, temporal structures and the framework of the human past, present, and future. It offers close readings of a series of passages in which the theme of time is especially prominent, thus demonstrating how the discussion of time works in Qohelet and how it interacts with other of the book’s key themes. Of particular importance in this context is the theme of cognition: to what extent are human beings able to understand our temporal conditions and how do such impact our life in the world if we cannot understand them? Finally, this study uses linguistic and anthropological material to discuss the presence of temporal thinking in the Hebrew Bible more generally, arguing that Qohelet’s exploration of time provides an excellent entry point into this broader discussion as well.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Time
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Anthropology
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