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Verbum et Ecclesia

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GERICKE, Jacobus W.. A comprehensive typology of philosophical perspectives on Qohelet. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.36, n.1, pp. 1-7. ISSN 1609-9982.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i1.1358.

In this article, the author seeks to provide the first comprehensive typology of philosophical approaches to the book of Qohelet (Ecclesiastes). Six overlapping, yet functionally distinct, meta-philosophical categories are identified, namely (1) general philosophical profiling, (2) ancient philosophical comparisons, (3) modern philosophical comparisons, (4) topical philosophical exegesis, (5) philosophical reception histories and actualisations and (6) anti-philosophical readings. The conclusion of the study is that research on Qohelet in relationship to philosophy is quantitatively more complex and multifaceted than traditional overviews tend to show. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: This study challenges the context of currently available perspectives on Qohelet in relationship to philosophy, resulting in the provisioning of a quantitatively more functional framework for meta-philosophical commentary, which in turn both demands and makes possible a change in the way philosophical approaches to the text are construed.

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