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Subject/Keyword
Epilogue
Uncanny
Death drive
Supplement
Qohelet
Ecclesiastes
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Sabo, Ellen R
Supervisor and department
Landy, Francis (Religious Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Gow, Andrew (History and Classics)
Ben Zvi, Ehud (Religious Studies)
Koosed, Jennifer (Religious Studies)
Department
Religious Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-09-27T13:43:39Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The act of reading and writing on Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) is not only the process that created this thesis, but also its subject. The book’s epilogue warns against excessive study and writing, but is itself an example of writing without end. As a supplement, it is undecidable whether the epilogue supports or supplants the body of the book. The second chapter focusses on Qohelet’s uncanny heart, which has a double nature and reveals a split self. The heart contains the desire to understand everything that happens in the world, the impetus for Qohelet’s quest. The last chapter deals with structure in 7:1–6 and 11:7–12:1. The passages are linked by the themes of pleasure and death. The first passage attempts to define what is good, but the seemingly solid advice ends in uncertainty. The second displays a paradoxical relationship in which death is present in life, and pleasure in death.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3CR5NM72
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