This paper examines the message of Qohelet's Catalogue of Times and its interpretive appendix. Scholars disagree on the extent to which this unit deviates from the traditional free-will theology of the Bible. The paper presents a fresh reading of the passage, which sheds new light on the problem of determinism in Qohelet. Beginning by a novel delineation for the unit, it then suggests fresh solutions for the main exegetical cruxes of the passage (3:14, 15, 17), and finally presents an innovative, somewhat radical, understanding of Qohelet's approach towards the problem of free will.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 2019|
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