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The Dying Cosmos: Qoheleth’s Misanthropic Principle

William P. Brown

in The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199730797
eISBN:
9780199777075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Theology

Though not a creation account per se, Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 features a portrait of creation that is entirely unique in the biblical corpus. Qoheleth, the ostensible author of most of Ecclesiastes, ... More


God and the Moral Order

Joseph Blenkinsopp

in Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament: The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198755036
eISBN:
9780191695131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755036.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter begins with a discussion of how the sages of Israel, and of the ancient world in general, attempted to make sense of human existence by postulating an intrinsic connection between act ... More


Life's Real Questions: Wisdom Literature In the Bible

Steven L. McKenzie

in How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature—Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, and What It Means for Faith Today

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195161496
eISBN:
9780199850419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161496.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Wisdom literature does not claim to be revelation from God—at least not in the same way as the other biblical genres we are exploring—nor does it describe God's revelation in history. Hence, Israel's ... More


Positive Psychology and Ancient Israelite Wisdom

Carol A. Newsom

in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199795734
eISBN:
9780199979691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter considers Israelite Wisdom literature via the lens of Positive Psychology. She finds the book of Proverbs to present a eudaimonic vision of happiness, in no small part because the book ... More


A Constructed Happiness: A Response from Practical Theology

Thomas G. Long

in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199795734
eISBN:
9780199979691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter highlights the eschatological dimension of biblical happiness, but notes that this dimension must be kept in constant balance with present concerns. This tensive balance means that ... More


The Persistence of Non-Mosaic Judaism

John J. Collins

in Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520294110
eISBN:
9780520967366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520294110.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Despite some attempts to argue the contrary, the Torah does not play a central role in the wisdom tradition before Ben Sira, in the early Enoch tradition or in Diaspora tales such as Esther and ... More


The Characterization of the Deity Yahweh: Part Two: Yahweh as King and Yahweh as Judge

Theodore J. Lewis

in The Origin and Character of God: Ancient Israelite Religion through the Lens of Divinity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190072544
eISBN:
9780190072575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190072544.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Chapter Nine intentionally juxtaposes God as king and God as judge. Royal cult includes monarchs as sponsors and even performers of religion. As Yahweh was the King par excellence, so certain ... More


‘Exploring Intertextual Links between Ecclesiastes and Genesis 1–11’

Katharine J. Dell

in The Solomonic Corpus of 'Wisdom' and Its Influence

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198861560
eISBN:
9780191893551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198861560.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Links between Ecclesiastes and Genesis 1–11 have been noted sporadically by scholars over the years. This chapter, however, explores how the intertextual method helps to define what kinds of link are ... More


He Will Wash His Garments in Wine (Gen 49:11): Dress and Ritual

Laura Quick

in Dress, Adornment, and the Body in the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198856818
eISBN:
9780191889967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856818.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter takes its starting point from the notion that, for the biblical authors, clothing and jewellery symbolically encoded the personhood of its wearer. These items could thus manifest and ... More


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