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Kohelet

Ecclesiastes

Is Love an Answer to the Meaninglessness of Life?

Ecclesiastes versus Song of Songs

Prof.

​Francis Landy

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Kohelet: An Israelite Form of Meditation

Ecclesiastes is a cynical reflection on life’s futility. The constant sonorous repetition, visualizations, and references to breath serve as a sustained meditation to help free the reader’s soul from the agonizing struggle of life.

Prof. Rabbi

Tzvee Zahavy

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Qohelet and the Redaction of Mesopotamian Vanity Literature

How subversive literature becomes normalized

Dr.

Nili Samet

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Who Said All Is Futile?

The significance of Rashbam’s surprising observation about Kohelet for understanding introductions and conclusions to biblical books.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Qohelet on Pleasure

Qohelet says that simḥah (joy) is the best thing in life, but also that it is profitless and absurd. This essay will explore this fundamental contradiction.[1]

Prof. Rabbi

Michael V. Fox

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