Original Research - Special Collection: Old and New Testament Studies

A comprehensive philosophical approach to Qohelet’s epistemology

Jaco Gericke
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a2868 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2868 | © 2015 Jaco Gericke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 November 2014 | Published: 23 April 2015

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Jaco Gericke, Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

An increasing number of studies have seen the light over the last few decades concerning the epistemology of the book of Ecclesiastes. The extant research seems to be limited to try to find a suitable philosophical profile for Qohelet’s concept of knowledge whilst ignoring a whole array of topics and theories in contemporary analytic epistemology. The available research thus reveals an ‘inside-out’ approach that is, reading Qohelet and then seeking to link his thought to a particular epistemological stance. In this study, however, an ‘outside-in’ approach is opted for that involves noting all the various issues in epistemology and then comparing each with what, if anything, Qohelet assumed in relation to the specific matter at hand.

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