Life's Storms and Structural Unity in Qoheleth 11:1-12:8

TitleLife's Storms and Structural Unity in Qoheleth 11:1-12:8
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsFredericks, Daniel C.
JournalJournal 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.

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