Approaches to the Contradictions in Kohelet*

Rabbi Eli Kohn

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The contradictions in the Book of Kohelet have concerned commentators through the ages. This essay offers several approaches to understanding the contradictions in the Book of Kohelet. After a discussion of the weaknesses of each of these approaches I offer a suggestion that shows that the Book has a unified structure and inherent logic. I propose that a philological and literary analysis of the Book, demonstrated through traditional Jewish sources, supports this view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-381
Number of pages13
JournalBiblica et Patristica Thoruniensia
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • The Book of Kohelet
  • The contradictions
  • The meaning of life
  • The Rabbinical sources
  • The Talmud


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