Life's Storms and Structural Unity in Qoheleth 11:1-12:8
|Title||Life's Storms and Structural Unity in Qoheleth 11:1-12:8|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1991|
|Authors||Fredericks, Daniel C.|
|Journal||Journal for the Study of the Old Testament|
This study investigates whether a structural combination of one of the most exegetically challenging sections in Ecclesiastes (11.7-12.8) with a section that has received less attention (11.1-6) might produce a better reading and understanding of both. Such a combination is suggested by the unity of 11.1-12.8 which is shown through its themes and certain rhetorical devices. Qoheleth's many bridging apparatuses that connect 11.1-12.8 help form a speech: enjoy life now while you can, and such enjoyment should not avoid wise labor.