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The politics of pessimism in Ecclesiastes : a social-science perspective

Author: Mark R Sneed
Publisher: Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, ©2012.
Series: Ancient Israel and its literature, no. 12.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Scholars attempt to resolve the problem of the book of Ecclesiastes' heterodox character in one of two ways: either explaining away the book's disturbing qualities or radicalizing and championing it as a precursor of modern existentialism. This volume offers an interpretation of Ecclesiastes that both acknowledges the unorthodox nature of Qoheleth's words and accounts for its acceptance among the canonical books of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sneed, Mark R.
Politics of pessimism in Ecclesiastes.
Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, ©2012
(DLC) 2011049877
(OCoLC)767974508
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark R Sneed
ISBN: 9781589836358 1589836359 1589836103 9781589836105
OCLC Number: 820840580
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 341 pages).
Contents: Introduction --
Qohelet's heterodox character: non-social science approaches --
Explaining Qohelet's heterodox character: social science approaches --
Qohelet's socio-historical context --
Qohelet and his audience's social location --
Synchronic (literary) analysis of the book of Qohelet --
Qohelet, the problem of evil, and cognitive dissonance --
Qohelet's irrational response to the (over- )rationalization of traditional --
The positive power of Qohelet's pessimism --
The sociology of the book of Qohelet's canonicity --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Ancient Israel and its literature, no. 12.
Responsibility: by Mark Ronnie Sneed.

Abstract:

Scholars attempt to resolve the problem of the book of Ecclesiastes' heterodox character in one of two ways: either explaining away the book's disturbing qualities or radicalizing and championing it as a precursor of modern existentialism. This volume offers an interpretation of Ecclesiastes that both acknowledges the unorthodox nature of Qoheleth's words and accounts for its acceptance among the canonical books of the Hebrew Bible. It argues that, instead of being the most secular and modern of biblical books, Ecclesiastes is perhaps one of the most religious and primitive. Bringing a Weberian approach to Ecclesiastes, it represents a paradigm of the application of a social-science methodology. - Back cover.

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