Time in the book of Ecclesiastes / Mette Bundvad
- Bundvad, Mette, 1982-
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
- First edition.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- Oxford theology and religion monographs
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Structure and Composition: Can the Book of Qohelet Be Read? -- 1.1.The Question of Date -- 1.2.Contradiction and Broken Structure -- 1.3.Elements of Cohesion and Disparity in the Book of Qohelet -- 2.Towards a Biblical Conception of Time -- 2.1.A Qualitatively Different Concept of Time: The Lexical Approach -- 2.2.Process-Thinking -- 2.3.The Whorfian Hypothesis -- 3.World Time and Human Time in the Framing Poems -- 3.1.The Introductory Poem (1:4--11) -- 3.2.The Final Poem (12:1--7) -- 3.3.Concluding Remarks on the Framing Poems and Their Presentation of Time -- 3.4.Excursus: Like a Shadow under the Sun -- 4.The Present in the Book of Qohelet -- 4.1.Key Components of Qohelet's Conception of the Present -- 4.2.Thinking about the Present in the Present (3:1--15) -- 4.3.Present Life in Human Society -- 4.4.Concluding Remarks on Qohelet's Exploration of the Present -- 5.Connecting Present to Past and Future -- 5.1.Looking for Lost Horizons: Qohelet's Approach to the Past and the Future -- 5.2.The Best Is Not Enough (6:1--6) -- 5.3.The Evil of Humanity Lies Heavily Upon Them (8:1--9) -- 5.4.There Is Hope for the Living Who Know That They Must Die (9:1--12) -- 5.5.Concluding Remarks on Qohelet's Discussion of the Past and the Future -- 6.Storytelling as a Means of Protest -- 6.1.Time in Narrative -- 6.2.Qohelet's Launch into Narrative Form -- 6.3.The Two Third-Person Narratives -- 6.4.Concluding Remarks: Shared Elements in the Narrative Structure of 1:12--2:20, 4:13--16, and 9:13--15.
- This text is the only detailed exploration of the theme of time in Ecclesiastes. It argues that time is not only a central theme in Ecclesiastes, but one which provides the book with much of its thematic coherence. Analysing a number of particularly important passages in detail, this book argues that Ecclesiastes depicts the temporal reality as extremely problematic for human attempts to live meaningfully. This is especially due to the tension which the book's narrator perceives between the temporal reality of the world and the human experience of time.
- 9780191802652 (ebook)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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