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The Story of Israel in the Book of Qohelet: Ecclesiastes as Cultural Memory

Jennie Barbour


This book is a study of the making of collective memory within early Judaism in a seminal text of the Western canon. The book of Ecclesiastes and its speaker Qohelet are famous for saying that there is nothing new under the sun, and in the literary tradition of the modern West that has been taken as the motto of a book that is universal in scope, Greek in its patterns of thought, and floating free from the particularism and historical concerns of the rest of the Bible. Jennie Barbour argues that reading the book as a general compendium in this way causes the reader to miss a strong undercurren ... More

Keywords: collective memory, historical, Solomon, scripture, Jewish, Israel, nation, Jerusalem, christian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennie Barbour, author
DAAD Postdoctoral Scholar, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen