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Bibil Identifier bibil:249296
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century Readings of Hebel (הֶבֶל) in Ecclesiastes
Author Meek, Russell L.
Journal Currents in Biblical Research (Volume: 14, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 279-297 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The meaning of הֶבֶל is a crux interpretum for the book of Ecclesiastes. Notwithstanding some variation, Jerome’s vanitas reading of הֶבֶל in Ecclesiastes dominated scholarship for several centuries. Since the rise of modern biblical scholarship, הֶבֶל as ‘vanity’ has been largely rejected; however, little consensus has been reached regarding the word’s meaning. The result has been a rich history of interpretation as scholars develop various suggestions for how הֶבֶל should be understood in Ecclesiastes. This essay briefly sketches the history of interpretation of הֶבֶל, then surveys proposals for the meaning of הֶבֶל in Ecclesiastes during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
DOI 10.1177/1476993X15586039
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
Terms הֶבֶל הבל
Genres Research History
Links Online document (PDF, English)
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