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A comprehensive typology of philosophical perspectives on Qohelet

Jacobus W. Gericke
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 1 | a1358 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i1.1358 | © 2015 Jacobus W. Gericke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 May 2014 | Published: 25 March 2015

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Jacobus W. Gericke, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa


In this article, the author seeks to provide the first comprehensive typology of philosophical approaches to the book of Qohelet (Ecclesiastes). Six overlapping, yet functionally distinct, meta-philosophical categories are identified, namely (1) general philosophical profiling, (2) ancient philosophical comparisons, (3) modern philosophical comparisons, (4) topical philosophical exegesis, (5) philosophical reception histories and actualisations and (6) antiphilosophical readings. The conclusion of the study is that research on Qohelet in relationship to philosophy is quantitatively more complex and multifaceted than traditional overviews tend to show.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This study challenges the context of currently available perspectives on Qohelet in relationship to philosophy, resulting in the provisioning of a quantitatively more functional framework for meta-philosophical commentary, which in turn both demands and makes possible a change in the way philosophical approaches to the text are construed.


Qohelet, philosophical approaches, typology


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