Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries

Ecclesiastes Through the Centuries

By: Eric S. Christianson (author)Paperback

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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

About Author

Eric S. Christianson is an independent scholar living in the UK. He is author of A Time to Tell: Narrative Strategies in Ecclesiastes (1988) and co-editor of Cinema Divinite: Religion, Theology and the Bible in Film (2005), The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture (2009) and Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture (2010).

Contents

Series Editors Preface xi Preface xiii Preface to the Paperback Edition xvii Testimonia 1 The Vagaries of Interpreting Ecclesiastes 1 Charting a Harsh Terrain 4 Qoheleth the Philosopher 5 Wrought by Melancholy 7 Preacher of Joy 9 True to Life 10 Qoheleth and Christianity 14 Qoheleth and Justice 15 Introduction 17 1 A History of Reception Histories 19 2 Reading Strategies and Lines of Influence 22 Pre-Modern Reading: 1500 23 Early Modern Reading: 1500 1800 40 A. Renaissance and Reform 40 B. Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Verse 51 C. On the Way to Modernity 57 Modern Reading: 1800 65 A. Literature 65 B. Visual Art, Music and Film 75 C. Comparative Studies 84 Ecclesiastes 1 87 The Life and Death of Solomon the Author: 1:1 et passim 89 A. Alive and Well in Pre-Modernity ( 1500) 89 B. Embattled in Early Modernity (1500 1800) 95 C. Dead in Modernity Solomon s Ghost (1800 ) 96 Vanitas Vanitatum: 1:2 et passim 98 A. Despising the World through Vanitas ( 1500) 100 B. Renaissance Vanitas: Despising Jerome and Suspecting the Sciences (1500 1800) 106 C. Literary Vanitas: New Points of Reference (1800 ) 125 D. The Breadth of Vanitas 140 The Overture Played Out: 1:3 18 142 Ecclesiastes 2 156 Wrestling with the Test of Pleasure: 2:1 10 157 Understanding Wisdom, Folly and God s Gifts: 2:11 24 161 Ecclesiastes 3:1 8 164 The Totality of Times 165 Ecclesiastes 3:9 6:12 174 On Fate, Knowledge and Anthropology: 3:9 22 175 On Oppression and the Value of Companionship: 4:1 12 180 On Conducting Oneself in the House of God: 5:1 8 183 On the Possibility of Profi t and Relief from hebel: 5:10 6:12 184 Ecclesiastes 7 8 188 The Curious Values of Wisdom: 7:1 12 189 The Incongruity of Experience and the Inaccessibility of Wisdom: 7:13 29 192 About Wisdom, Power and Authority: 8:1 17 201 Ecclesiastes 9:1 12 206 The Wisdom of Death and Life 207 Ecclesiastes 9:13 11:10 216 Wise Conduct in the Light of Uncertainty: 9:13 11:6 217 The Final Call to Joy: 11:7 10 221 Ecclesiastes 12:1 7 225 The Rule of Allegory 227 Beyond Allegory 232 Ecclesiastes 12:8 14 247 The Final Word 249 A Hermeneutical Postscript 256 Understanding the Pervasive Appeal of Qoheleth 256 The Exegetical Fidelity of Ecclesiastes Reception History 259 How Might This Reception History Inform the Discipline? 261 Bibliography 264 Primary Sources 265 1. Pre-1500 265 2. 1500 1800 267 3. Post-1800 271 Reception Histories of Ecclesiastes 275 1. Jewish and Christian 275 2. Surveys of Academic Approaches 280 3. Literature 281 Specialist Comparative Studies 283 Ecclesiastes General Secondary Sources 285 Other Secondary Sources 291 Appendix The Quotable Qoheleth: Ecclesiastes in Popular Discourse 296 List of Illustrations 300 Acknowledgements 302 Name Index 303 Subject Index 312

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  • ISBN13: 9780470674918
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780470674918
  • weight: 430
  • ISBN10: 0470674911

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