Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries (Blackwell Bible by Eric S. Christianson

By Eric S. Christianson

Over the centuries, Ecclesiastes has motivated a few varied parts of lifestyles and notion. Ecclesiastes during the Centuries assesses the interesting results of the e-book at the tradition of a few of the occasions in faith, paintings, and social thought.Explores a desirable variety of Jewish and Christian readings beneficial properties enticing and weird examples from paintings, song, literature and heritage: from Thackeray and Orwell, to Salvador Dali’s Illustrated Bible, to the inflammatory exposition of Ecclesiastes on the funeral of Queen Mary this is often the 3rd outdated testomony quantity released within the leading edge Blackwell Bible Commentaries sequence The sequence is supported via an internet site at

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The new interest in the sapiential literature was easy to understand. Its content was closer than that of other biblical books to the secular sciences being explored at that time. The questions which the literal sense of the Solomonic books raised often paralleled the philosophical material taught in the arts faculties . . Thus, the thirteenth century interpretation of Ecclesiastes did not discard the older exegetical tradition. It enriched it by making room for the discussion of a wider range of issues.

In the twelfth century the Pauline Epistles had been the chief focus for doctrinal discussion. The sapiential books did not displace them; but they became second in the scale of importance, in so far as doctrine was attached to lectures on Scripture’ (1949: 325; cf. 1118 until his death in 1141, worked against the contemporary grain, privileging the literal sense of Scripture. His nineteen homilies on Eccl. 1:1–4:8 ‘originated in collations or conferences, preached to the brothers’ (Smalley 1952: 98; cf.

36 Introduction There are, however, other kinds of readings in this period to consider, readings not limited to strictly religious contexts. 975), Ecclesiastes appears to have influenced literary works in terms of theme and structure. Paul de Lacy suggests that the difficult structure and thematic disparity of The Wanderer is best accounted for by Ecclesiastes being a ‘primary influence’ on the poet (1998: 125), and hence it shares some of its key features. So, for example, The Wanderer, too, reflects on the transitory nature of existence, the futility of human endeavour and expresses ‘a strong declaration of the hopelessness engendered by mutability’ (1998: 131).

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