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An Analysis of the Inter-Dependency of the Prominent Motifs Within the Book of Qohelet

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Richard Alan Jr. Fuhr

The key to a balanced and accurate understanding of the book of Ecclesiastes lies in the inter-dependent relationships between the prominent motifs within the book. An Analysis of the Inter-Dependency of the Prominent Motifs Within the Book of Qohelet explores this dynamic. The final outcome of such an approach is a wisdom-based paradigm for living «under the sun», a wise man’s approach to living in a fallen world. Qohelet’s conclusions are two-fold and balanced. First, in light of the fact that life is fleeting, death is inevitable, and one’s future lies outside of the realm of human control, the wise will enjoy life as a gift from God, recognizing that joy is ultimately a responsibility and a mandate placed upon them. Second, in light of the fact that life is fleeting, death is inevitable, and God’s enigmatic ways on earth are sure to be followed by an equitable future judgment, the wise will fear God and keep his commandments. Therefore, the wise man or woman will enjoy life but not enjoy sin, living each day to its fullest but in sobriety, knowing that for all our actions there is a coming judgment. This is the wisdom of Ecclesiastes.

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CHAPTER 2: The Dilemma of lbh and the Quest for !wrty in the Book of Qohelet 29

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CHAPTER 2 The Dilemma of lbh and the Quest for !wrty in the Book of Qohelet In beginning our treatment of the prominent motifs within the book of Qohelet, it is fitting that we start with an exploration into the state of being described by Qohelet through the use of the key word lbh.1 Thus we approach our discussion of lbh from the perspective that it exists not only as a (or the) key word in the text, but also from the perspective that lbh is more than simply a descriptive term, but it is a situation, or state of being, that takes on the significance of being a key motif in Qohelet’s thought.2 So far as the prominence of the term is concerned, there is no doubt that the term plays a major role developing the mood, if not the message, of the book. Nevertheless, for such a significant and prominent term, there is a general lack of consensus among scholars regarding the meaning of the term as used in Qohelet. Therefore, any exploration into the role of lbh as a motif must include a survey of common approaches taken by scholars in seeking to define the term as well as a lexical treatment of lbh itself. lbh is used 38 times throughout the book, with the superlative form of the word framing the book through “inclusio” at the beginning and the end of the literary quest (1:2; 12:8). Between the superlative phrases marking the “bookends” to...

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