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Determinism in the Book of Ecclesiastes by Dominic Rudman


Determinism in the Book of Ecclesiastes by Dominic Rudman

Is the author of Ecclesisastes a determinist? Many readers, from the Targumist and Ibn Ezra up to the present day, have thought so. But there has been no systematic investigation of Qoheleth's determinism, its nature and extent, its relationship to free will and its philosophical background. In separate chapters, Rudman discusses key terms and texts that express a deterministic worldview, then explores the sources for Qoheleth's thought. He concludes that the author was a sage writing in the third quarter of the third century BCE, who was profoundly influenced by Stoic ideas.


This volume is well written, carefully argued and makes a worthwhile contribution to the field. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, June 2009--Sanford Lakoff Journal for The Study of the Old Testament

Rudman is a true linguist with competency in both Semitic languages and the classics...The scope and breadth of ancient Near Eastern, biblical, postbiblical Jewish, early Christian, and classical literature cited are astounding. Journal of Biblical Literature, Fall 2002

About the Author

Dominic Rudman is Leverhulme Special Research Fellow, Department of Theology, University of Exeter.

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Publication date

1st July 2001


Dominic Rudman

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


234 pages




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