By Richard Alan Jr. Fuhr
The major to a balanced and exact realizing of the ebook of Ecclesiastes lies within the inter-dependent relationships among the sought after motifs in the booklet. An research of the Inter-Dependency of the popular Motifs in the ebook of Qohelet explores this dynamic. the ultimate final result of such an process is a wisdom-based paradigm for residing «under the sun», a smart man’s method of residing in a fallen global. Qohelet’s conclusions are two-fold and balanced. First, in gentle of the truth that lifestyles is fleeting, loss of life is inevitable, and one’s destiny lies outdoor of the world of human keep an eye on, the clever will get pleasure from lifestyles as a present from God, spotting that pleasure is eventually a accountability and a mandate positioned upon them. moment, in gentle of the truth that existence is fleeting, dying is inevitable, and God’s enigmatic methods in the world are certain to be through an equitable destiny judgment, the clever will worry God and continue his commandments. accordingly, the clever human being will get pleasure from existence yet now not take pleasure in sin, dwelling every day to its fullest yet in sobriety, realizing that for all our activities there's a coming judgment. this is often the knowledge of Ecclesiastes.
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C. 64 See Kruger, Qoheleth, 19; 36–37; Fredericks, Qohelet’s Language, 2; J. Muilenberg, “A Qoheleth Scroll from Qumran,” BASOR 135 (1954): 20–28; and Murphy, Ecclesiastes, xxiv. Of the two Hebrew Qumran fragments, one is dated between the mid-first century and the early first century B. C. E. and the other between 175 and 150 B. C. E. 65 Kruger, Qoheleth, 19. 66 Prominent scholars affirming an essentially unified yet late, non-Solomonic Qohelet include Choon-Leong Seow, Iain Provan, Tremper Longman III, Michael Eaton, Kathleen Farmer, R.
As one reads the text of Qohelet, one cannot help but observe a significant degree of repetition among certain recurring, prominent motifs. It is this observation that provides the hermeneutical clue in arriving at a balanced, text-centered approach to Qohelet. The following survey is intentionally brief in that each of the prominent motifs delineated in what follows will be taken up in detail in the chapters constituting the main body of this monograph. Therefore, the exegetical details supporting an accurate understanding of each motif, along with the relationship of each motif to the others, will await later discussion.
This involves an analysis of each prominent motif in light of its relationship with other motifs internal to the book of Qohelet. Such an approach will lead to a balanced message where all motifs are given equal consideration in assessing the overall line of argument within Qohelet. 105 Qohelet’s conclusions are two-fold and equally balanced. First, in light of the fact that life is fleeting, death is inevitable, and the circumstances of one’s future lie outside of the realm of man’s control, the wise will enjoy life as a gift from God, recognizing that joy is ultimately a responsibility placed before him.