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An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus$
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Will Kynes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777373.001.0001

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The Intertextual Network of Ecclesiastes and the Self-Reflective Nature of Genre

The Intertextual Network of Ecclesiastes and the Self-Reflective Nature of Genre

(p.179) 6 The Intertextual Network of Ecclesiastes and the Self-Reflective Nature of Genre
An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature"

Will Kynes

Oxford University Press

The numerous, often contrasting interpretations Ecclesiastes has inspired across history provide a clear example of the self-reflective character of genres. Rather than dismissing these readings completely, Wisdom included, because of their subjectivity, it is more profitable to understand each as a partial and selective perspective responding to some potential of the text. Whether inspired by the traditional collections before Wisdom Literature, intertextual links to other canonical genres, parallels to texts from across the ancient Near East, or comparisons based on the book’s literary features, such as form, tone, or content, each genre proposal reveals something about the nature of the text while falling short of comprehending the whole. Illuminating all the contours of the text’s rugged terrain while dispelling the “misleading shadows” of self-interested exegesis will require engaging with more rather than less of the subjective perspectives on its meaning.

Keywords:   Ecclesiastes, Megilloth, ancient Near East, poetry, Solomon, form, tone, content, Torah, prophecy

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