Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries / Edition 1

Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries / Edition 1

by Eric S. Christianson, Dr Eric Christianson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631225293

ISBN-13: 9780631225294

Pub. Date: 12/13/2006

Publisher: Wiley

Over the centuries, Ecclesiastes has influenced numerous and diverse aspects of life and thought. Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries assesses the effects of the book on the culture of the various times in religious, artistic, and social contexts.

  • Presents an innovative, reception history approach to the study of Ecclesiastes, by tracing its

Overview

Over the centuries, Ecclesiastes has influenced numerous and diverse aspects of life and thought. Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries assesses the effects of the book on the culture of the various times in religious, artistic, and social contexts.

  • Presents an innovative, reception history approach to the study of Ecclesiastes, by tracing its influence on religion, culture, literature, art, and social thought
  • Explores a fascinating range of Jewish and Christian readings
  • Features engaging and unusual examples from art, music, literature and history: from Thackeray and Orwell, to Salvador Dali’s Illustrated Bible, to the inflammatory exposition of Ecclesiastes at the funeral of Queen Mary
  • Published in the innovative Blackwell Bible Commentaries series; for further information visit the series website at www.bbibcomm.net

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631225294
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/13/2006
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Bible Commentaries Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface.

Preface.

Testimonia.

Introduction.

A History of Reception Histories.

Reading Strategies and Lines of Influence.

Pre-Modern Reading: –1500.

Early Modern Reading: 1500–1800.

Modern Reading: 1800–.

Ecclesiastes 1.

The Life and Death of Solomon the Author: 1:1 et passim.

Vanitas vanitatum: 1:2 et passim.

The Overture Played Out: 1:3–18.

Ecclesiastes 2.

Wrestling with the Test of Pleasure: 2:1–10.

Understanding Wisdom, Folly and God’s Gifts: 2:11–24.

Ecclesiastes 3:1–8.

The Totality of Times.

Ecclesiastes 3:9–6:12.

On Fate, Knowledge and Anthropology: 3:9–22.

On Oppression and the Value of Companionship: 4:1–12.

On Conducting Oneself in the House of God: 5:1–8.

On the Possibility of Profit and Relief from hebel: 5:10–6:12.

Ecclesiastes 7–8.

The Curious Values of Wisdom: 7:1–12.

The Incongruity of Experience and the Inaccessibility of Wisdom: 7:13–29.

About Wisdom, Power and Authority: 8:1–17.

Ecclesiastes 9:1–12.

The Wisdom of Death and Life.

Ecclesiastes 9:13–11:10.

Wise Conduct in the Light of Uncertainty: 9:13–11:6.

The Final Call to Joy: 11:7–10.

Ecclesiastes 12:1–7.

The Rule of Allegory.

Beyond Allegory.

Ecclesiastes 12:8–14.

The Final Word.

A Hermeneutical Postscript.

Understanding the Pervasive Appeal of Qoheleth.

The Exegetical ‘Fidelity’ of Ecclesiastes’ Reception History.

How Might This Reception History Inform the Discipline?.

Bibliography.

Primary Sources.

Reception Histories of Ecclesiastes.

Specialist Comparative Studies.

Ecclesiastes General Secondary Sources.

Other Secondary Sources.

Appendix—The Quotable Qoheleth: Ecclesiastes in Popular Discourse.

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

Name Index.

Subject Index

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