HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422
LOMBAARD, Christo. Two approaches to life in the Second Temple period: Deuteronomy and Qoholet. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2009, vol.65, n.1. ISSN 2072-8050.
The prosaic Mosaic death in Deuteronomy 34 leaves the way of life as constituted in . That is, par excellence: Life is found in words. In Qohelet, another kind of existentialism, in the face of death, is found, namely in the sensual life of enjoyment of food, drink and companionship. These two approaches constitute different, competing Second Temple period conceptions of how to live, despite death, coram Deo. These two conceptions indicate the existence of more than one ethos within ancient Judaic society - a dynamic often lacking in the South African context.
Keywords : Old Testament; ethics; Pentateuch; Qohelet; Moses.