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A Polemical Preacher of Joy: An Anti-apocalpytic Genre for Qoheleth's Message of Joy
Douglas, Jerome N.

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014 pp. vii + 177. $17.60



Description: How is the interpreter to approach Ecclesiastes? What is the message of the author? What is the genre of Ecclesiastes? Many scholars have posited varying interpretations of the message of Ecclesiastes and have observed the number of statements that appear to be conflicting or, at least, in tension with one another. Discussions about the argument and genre label(s) in Ecclesiastes have not fully considered the author's polemics against the apocalyptic beliefs of his day, 200 B.C.E. This book will propose that the author of Ecclesiastes utilizes a hybrid genre in his work--an "anti-apocalyptic genre"--in order to further his message of joy. Jerome Douglas explores how recognizing the presence of an anti-apocalyptic genre within the tapestry of Ecclesiastes assists the interpreter in understanding the book.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Ecclesiastes/Qoheleth, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology

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Review by Mark Sneed
Published 7/30/2015
Citation: Mark Sneed, review of Jerome N. Douglas, A Polemical Preacher of Joy: An Anti-apocalpytic Genre for Qoheleth's Message of Joy, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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