By Thomas M. Bolin

In Ecclesiastes, the authorial voice of Qohelet offers an identification that has challenged readers for hundreds of years. This e-book deals a reception historical past of different methods readers have developed Qohelet as an writer. past reception histories of Ecclesiastes team readings into "premodern" and "critical," or separate Jewish from Christian readings. In planned distinction, this research arranges readings thematically in response to the interpretive power inherent within the textual content, a style of biblical reception heritage articulated via Brennan Breed. Doing so erases the bogus differences among so-called scholarly and confessional readings and highlights the truth that many glossy educational readings of the authorship of Ecclesiastes go back and forth in well-worn interpretive paths that lengthy predate the increase of severe scholarship. hence this booklet deals a reminder that, whereas severe biblical scholarship is a necessary a part of the interpretive job, educational readings are themselves indebted to the Bible’s reception background and part of it.

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