Qoheleth’s Response to the Overconfident Preacher: A New Approach to Ecclesiastes 8:1–31

Joseph S. Khalil

Article Type: Doctoral Essay Contest Essay

Publication Date: 7/1/2012

Issue: The Screen (Vol. 32, No 3, Summer, 2012)

Overconfident preachers “know” all too quickly God’s ways in the world, particularly with respect to rewards and punishments. For Qoheleth, however, God’s inscrutability is evident in the illogicality of life. Humans might want to understand God and the world, but God is as inscrutable as the world God created.

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