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This learn is anxious with the literary style to which the e-book of Qoheleth belongs and on which it's modelled. It covers numerous features of literary research and the matter of constructing experience of the e-book as a complete. It means that Qoheleth is healthier defined as a royal autobiography in response to the arguments of particular literary gains of fashion and content material, resemblance to varied types of royal autobiographical narrative from in other places within the old close to East, and the lifestyles of a coherent worldview which the writer provides because the fruit of his lifelong observations of the realm.

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Royal Autobiography in the Book of Qoheleth

This learn is anxious with the literary style to which the e-book of Qoheleth belongs and on which it truly is modelled. It covers a variety of elements of literary research and the matter of constructing experience of the ebook as an entire. It means that Qoheleth is healthier defined as a royal autobiography in keeping with the arguments of particular literary good points of fashion and content material, resemblance to numerous varieties of royal autobiographical narrative from somewhere else within the historic close to East, and the life of a coherent worldview which the writer offers because the fruit of his lifelong observations of the area.

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The limits to 1:12-2:26 is further supported by the presence of an inclusio. g. Barton (1912, 76); Zimmerli (1962, 129); Barucq (1968, 62); Lauha (1978, 423); Rousseau (1981, 213); Crenshaw (1987, 171); Whybray (1989, 46); Fischer (1991, 72-83); Lohfink (2003, 44). g. 7:20; 1968, 278). Seow, although writing that "Beyond that fictional royal autobiography in 1:12-2:11, there is no hint that the text stems from the royal court" (1997, 98), nevertheless recognized the use of conventional royal language in later passages in the work.

Zimmerli (1962); Ellermeier (1967); Crenshaw (1988); cf. discussion in Chapter 1, pp. 21-23. 125 See earlier discussion in Chapter 1, pp. 21-23. 40 The Royal Voice of Qoheleth III. Arguments for the Pervasiveness of the Royal Voice It was against the background of a new and rapidly growing interest in comparative research between Egyptian and Biblical wisdom writings in the 1930s 126 that Galling made the suggestion that Qoheleth was written in the form of a Royal Testament (Königstestament) by the author who on his death bed offered words of advice to his successor.

Crenshaw (1988); Perdue (1996). A Survey of the History of Interpretation of Qoheleth 15 example, depicts Qoheleth as a disillusioned sage who is ambivalent about God's sense of justice and who, in response to his observations of the moral chaos that surrounds him, preaches a radical message to have pleasure in drinking and eating, urging others to throw away one's inhibitions and conscience because God has already approved such activities. 43 Crenshaw argues that the royal guise is only a temporary one and that "Qoheleth adopts this literary fiction for the moment, discarding it as soon as it has served its purpose", which is to establish authority for the work.

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