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Nie 'n kans vat of 'n kans vermy Die, maar alle kanse benut! 'n Sosio-retoriese waardering van Prediker 11:1- 6

H. Viviers

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 18, No 2 (1997), 365-379. doi: 10.4102/ve.v18i2.570

Submitted: 04 July 1997
Published:  04 July 1997


No taking or avoiding of chances, but utilising all chances! A sociorhetorical appreciation of Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. The book of Vemon K Robbins, Exploring the texture of texts: A guide to sodo-rhetorical interpretation (Valley Forge: Trinity Press, 1996), is used to analyse the short, but complicated text, Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. Sodorhetorical criticism provides for a sophisticated grasp on the complex phenomenon, "text". The analysis of the different textures of a text (inner, inter-, sodal and cultural, ideological and sacred) creates a rich environment of meaning, within which interpretation can take place. The conclusion reached on Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 is that it adheres to the values of protest wisdom, but mnrkedly cynical and pessimistic. It advocates a "carpe diem" lifestyle, however, without escaping uncertainty. No interpretation is value-free and neither is this one. Hopefully it is sound within the created environment of meaning.

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