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Verbum et Ecclesia

versión On-line ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.33 no.1 Pretoria  2012

http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i1.515 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Axiological assumptions in Qohelet: A historical-philosophical clarification

 

 

Jaco W. Gericke

School of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Humanties, North-West University, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

The article has as its working hypothesis the proposal that from a philosophical perspective, the Book of Qohelet can be read as having axiology rather than epistemology or existential issues as its core concern. In order to justify this claim, Qohelet's insight regarding what is good is viewed against the backdrop of various categories in value theory. This leads to the conclusion that the author's central message was not about meaninglessness or mystery but about worthlessness.


 

 

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