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HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422

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STEENKAMP-NEL, Annalie E.. Transformative joy in Qohelet: A thread that faintly glistens. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2019, vol.75, n.3, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5126.

Qohelet prompted a rich body of work reflecting the breadth of the Old Testament book's appeal. Few, however, interpret Qohelet's spiritual dimension, incarnated in life. I will opt to offer an overarching framework that holds the book together and that was until now absent in the discourse on Qohelet. It will be argued that spiritual transformation provides a fruitful theoretical framework for Qohelet. I will indicate that Qohelet undertook a spiritual journey in which his experiences fostered profound spiritual transformation, and ultimately a new paradigm leapfrogging old spiritual infrastructure and choices. The framework that evolved from this effort delineates four phases, stages or movements. In order to provide clarity and enhance understanding of this concept, the analysis will be done on the basis of the leitwort (or keyword) 'joy'. The findings point to the importance of spiritual transformation, directing readers towards a new spirituality. The article concludes with suggestions on future directions regarding Qohelet as a 'bridge book' to the New Testament.

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