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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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AUTHOR INDEX A Anderson, H.U., 7 Anderson, W.H.U. (life, negative approach), 139 Anderson, William, 81 B Berry, Donald K., 99 Brenz, Johannes, 4 Brown, William P., 7, 98 death theology, 129 enjoyment, assumption, 154 exegetical assessment, 138 hebel, assessment, 150 life/labor assessment, 146–147 Burkes, Shannon, 119 death, perspective, 126 C Castillino, George, 77 Cooper, John, body-soul dichotomy, 133– 134 Crenshaw, James, 6, 39 allusion to God, 167 life, negative approach, 139 Qohelet assessment, 77 Qohelet negative approach, 127–128 Qohelet wisdom, defining, 80–81 restrictive/universal approaches, synchronization, 68 skepticism definition, 92 D DeHaan, Richard, 7 de Jong, Stephen (life, neutral approach), 140 Delitzsch, Franz, 162 fear of God, 169 Dillard, Raymond, 92 Dulin, Rachel Z. (age-centered teachings), 180 E Eaton, Michael, 6, 67 F Farmer, Kathleen, 6, 67 afterlife, anticipation, 132 retribution theology, 123 Fox, Michael V., 7, 14 absurd, notion, 183–184 amal, assessment, 148 heleq, partialness, 153 life, negative approach, 139 phenomena, disjunction, 41–42 simhah meaning, 142 under the sun, options, 67 wisdom, Qohelet idea, 78 Fredericks, Daniel C., 6, 8 enjoyment of life, transient view, 35–37 transience camp, 44 Frydrych, Tomas, 68 Hebrew wisdom analysis, 77 human/animal ruah, 121 ignorance, impact, 105–106 Proverbs, wisdom, 163 Qohelet, inquiry (limitation), 73 risk assessment ability, 90–91 G Garrett, Duane, 6, 8, 19 exegetical rationale, 174–175 Gianto, Agustinus, 44 simhah, meaning, 142–143 Gordis, Robert, 6, 8 enjoyment, theme, 140 life, positive approach, 138–139 H Horne, Milton P., 44 210 I Ingram, Doug, 7...

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