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Ambiguity in Ecclesiastes

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Ecclesiastes has been interpreted in very diverse ways: this is because the book is fundamentally ambiguous and thus accurately reflects an ambiguous world. >


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Ecclesiastes has been interpreted in very diverse ways: this is because the book is fundamentally ambiguous and thus accurately reflects an ambiguous world. >
-Publisher

From its earliest known interpretations up to the present day, "Ecclesiastes" has been read in very diverse - even diametrically opposed - ways. By paying close attention to recent work on "Ecclesiastes", (including modern translations of the book), "Ambiguity in Ecclesiastes" shows the continued diversity of interpretation at various levels: individual words, verses, passages and the book as a whole. Ingram maintains that the reason for this diversity is that "Ecclesiastes" is fundamentally ambiguous by design. Ingram considers the concept of ambiguity in light of modern literary theory and applies it to the book of "Ecclesiastes", considering first the book as a whole and then demonstrating the ambiguity of a sample passage. "Ambiguity in Ecclesiastes" examines the ambiguity of key words in the biblical book and explores the implications for interpretation of such ambiguity. Ingram argues that ambiguity in "Ecclesiastes" is intended to capture, and help the reader engage with, ambiguity in life. Such an approach to "Ecclesiastes" is particularly appropriate in a postmodern age, regardless of how aware the reader is of the influence of postmodernism.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 271187
  • Product Code 9780567027115
  • ISBN 0567027112
  • EAN 9780567027115
  • Pages 312
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Jul 2006
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 24mm
  • Weight 0.206kg

Douglas Ingram

Dr Doug Ingram is lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at St John's College, Nottingham. His main research interest is in how to read the Old Testament in the 21st century, with a particular focus on Ecclesiastes. He has also written Ecclesiastes: a Peculiarly Postmodern Piece and Ambiguity in Ecclesiastes.

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