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Determinism in the Book of Ecclesiastes

by Dominic Rudman

Part of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S. Series

Determinism in the Book of Ecclesiastes Synopsis

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.

Determinism in the Book of Ecclesiastes Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781841271538
Publication date: 1st July 2001
Author: Dominic Rudman
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 234 pages

About Dominic Rudman

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

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