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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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SUBJECT INDEX A Absurd, 55 irrational, comparison, 42 notion, importance, 183–184 term, representation, 48 Absurdity, 39 concept, 110fn definition, monovalency, 42fn family, 101 understanding, 41–42 Adonizedek, ruler, 18 Adversity, 43 Afterlife affirmation, 119fn anticipation, 132 inter-testamental period, 122–123 Israelite notion, absence, 119fn Old Testament theology advancement, 123fn development, 117 possibility, implication, 135 postmortem judgment, 132 principles, 126–136 Qohelet denial, 173 Qohelet theology, 121 Qohelet viewpoint, limitation, 174 theology, Qohelet agnosticism, 124– 125 Age-centered teachings, 180 All of man, encompassing, 169 Allotment, Qohelet implication, 153–154 Amal, meaning, 149fn Ambiguity beauty, 149 perspective, 49fn Animal, postmortem existence, 126fn Annihilation, affirmation, 121–122 Anthropology, tenets (affirmation), 104 Anxiety, banishment, 52fn Aramaisms, reflection, 16–17 Araunah, ruler, 18 Ascetic pietism, 177 Attitudinal pessimism, philosophical skepticism (contrast), 81fn Author, speaker (separation), 20 Authorship, genre specific theories (postulation), 21fn B Bad air, 58 Better than sayings, 87 Biblical piety, quintessence, 162 Body-soul dichotomy, 133–134 Body-spirit separation, 134fn Breath meaning, 31 transience, 46 translation, 31 Brevity, 39 term representation, 48 understanding, 35–37 translation, 38, 50–51 view, 36 C Canannite kings, rule, 18fn–19fn Canonical critical hermeneutics, 5fn Carnality, 72fn Catalogue of times chiastic parallelism, 112fn circumstances, description, 112–113 determinism, assessment, 110–111 discovery, 113 options, 111–112 Qohelet observations, 112fn Chance, fatalism, 90fn Chasing after the wind, 125 Chasing the wind parallel statement, 41 term, usage, 36–37 Christ, Qohelet (comparison), 3 Circumstance, probabilistic wisdom (relationship), 110–115 214 Companion phrases, 36 Complete satisfaction, earthly ideal, 61– 62...

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