CHAPTER 1: Preliminary Considerations and Introduction 1
CHAPTER 1 Preliminary Considerations and Introduction Within the Hebrew canon, perhaps no book has eluded a consensus as to issues of origin, theology, interpretation, and genre more than Qohelet. 1 In the field of Old Testament scholarship, Qohelet has been examined through the various methods of biblical criticism as scholars strive to make sense of its apparent in-text contradictions and theological message. 2 Within popular circles, Qohelet is largely ignored by both clergy and laity as they struggle to find its central message and an appropriate approach that brings theological continuity to the text. 3 For many years, published works on Qohelet have lagged far behind the quantity and quality of works appropriated to other portions of the Old Testament. 4 In recent decades, however, a great surge of interest has occurred in the field of Qohelet studies, so much so that the interested reader will find no lack of material available on the subject. Nevertheless, what has become evident throughout this recent surge of published works is that there is still little scholarly consensus regarding how one should approach the book of Qohelet. While a comprehensive survey is not necessary in laying the foundation and providing rationale for the following monograph, it is prudent to begin our introduction by briefly summarizing the manner in which Qohelet has been approached both historically as well as in contemporary scholarship. 1 While this opening statement is rather sweeping in its claim, and is difficult to validate in a statistical manner, the following...
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